By Steve Vinik
On Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, Dr. Rosalind Osgood will be the third “African-American Culture Keeper” to be honored by the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) at 4 p.m. The library’s first Culture Keeper honoree was W. George Allen, Esq., a pioneer in Florida civil rights, and the second was Broward County’s Mayor Barbara Sharief.
According to AARLCC’s Pearl Woolridge, a Culture Keeper is “someone who has made significant contributions to the community in such areas as education, religion or politics.” Ms. Woolridge is coordinating the Culture Keeper programs and arranging for the programs to be video-recorded, a copy to be kept in the archives of the library to be shared with future generations.
Dr. Rosalind Osgood is a former adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University in the Masters of Public Administration Program. She is the author of two academic articles, “Moral Development and Municipal Elected Officials” and “Ethics in Municipal Government in Florida”. Dr. Osgood is also the author of The Story Behind the Story, a literary repose that discusses the value that mentoring has added to her life.
On Nov. 6, 2012, Dr. Osgood was elected to the School Board of Broward County to represent District 5 by 70 percent of the voters. In 2013, Dr. Osgood became the first female Chaplain for the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
Dr. Osgood is a Broward County native. She is a graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School and single mother of three adult children who are college graduates. She has earned both a Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. In 2001, she had the unique honor of being the first woman in the history of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church to be licensed, ordained, and positioned in the pulpit, by the late preacher extraordinaire, Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter.
In December 2007, she earned a Master’s of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the Founder of Dr. Rosalind Osgood Ministries International and the Women Reaching Women Word Network International Prayer Ministry. She is the president/CEO of Mount Olive Development Corporation (MODCO).
Dr. Osgood’s life is a prime example of how education, faith in God, and community support can provide opportunities that might otherwise have been unimaginable.
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