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University Park Honors Black Leaders in Virtual Event

2/26/2021, 1:37 p.m.
 University Park Honors Black Leaders in Virtual Event
Roudez: “We must recognize those who have contributed so much to our society.”

    On last evening, The Mayor’s Office of Special Events in University Park held its first ever virtual awards ceremony honoring black leaders who have given to their community. The virtual event was held through the village’s local cable station on Thursday, February 25. University Park Mayor Joseph E. Roudez III opened and closed the event with remarks and the evening’s Master of Ceremonies was Jeffery Cohn.
    “Just like our Village’s men, women, boys, and girls that we have lost in the pandemic, our honorees tonight have made their contribution to our community with their many achievements and accomplishments in society, education, and community,” stated Roudez.
     The program highlighted the achievements of six individuals including University Park Village Clerk Dorothy “Dee” Jones, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Founder of Rainbow/PUSH, Dr. Cheryl Green, President of Governor’s State University, Pastor Moses B. Herring Sr., Faith Movers Church, Pastor Reginald Williams Jr., First Baptist Church and Pastor Shawn Aldridge, Beyond the Veil Ministries.
     The concept behind the event it to recognize leaders in the African American community during Black History Month, who have gone above and beyond to contribute to the black community. Some of this year’s recipients have spent decades fighting racial injustice and serving their own churches and community.
     Mayor Roudez also took time to twice during the event to acknowledge the lives of black Americans who have perished during the Covid-19 pandemic. African Americans have been particularly hard hit by the disease. “We once again offer our sympathy to the many families in our community and state who have lost loved ones during this pandemic. We will always remember the joy and life they brough to our community,” remarked Roudez.
     For more information about the event, please contact the Mayors Office of Special Events in the Village of University Park at 708-534-6451.