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Community Leaders Recognized for Achievements by Governor at the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

Community Leaders Recognized for Achievements by Governor at the Indiana Black Expo Summer CelebrationThe Indiana Black Expo held the Governor's Award Reception to honor seven African-American Hoosiers for their service across the state.2019-07-16T00:00:00-04:00
Community Leaders Recognized for Achievements by Governor at the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

Governor Eric Holcomb honored African-American community leaders yesterday for achievements in entrepreneurship, education, health and wellness, civil rights, and youth leadership. Recipient of the Reverend Charles Williams Award, Chuck Hughes, says it recognizes achievements that leave a positive legacy. “I hope that I have done that," Hughes says. "I will leave you with a couple of quotes that should define anyone’s legacy who strive to serve. Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. Legacy is not leaving for people, it’s leaving something in people.” Hughes served as a first responder for 34 years and city counselor in Gary. He also organized various programs for at-risk youth. Abdul Hakim-Shabazz was awarded the Achievement in Business and Entrepreneurship Award. Executive Director of Carver Community Organization, David Wagner, received the Achievement in Health and Wellness Award. Executive Director of Intercultural Learning and Engagement at Indiana Wesleyan University, Dr. Joel Olufowote, was rewarded the Achievement of Education Award. The Sam Jones Trailblazer Award was given to Human Rights Executive Director in Muncie, Yvonne Thompson. The “Next Level” Award was rewarded to Anthony Murdock II, a recent graduate of Butler University. Lastly, Civil Rights Commission member, Melissa Deering, was given the Harold O’Hatcher Award. President and CEO of the Indiana Black Expo, Tanya Bell, says its important to give this recognition. “So, it's just an opportunity to acknowledge and honor those individuals that continue to have an impact on our community statewide.” Holcomb presented the awards at the 49th Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in Indianapolis. It wraps up July 21st

 

 

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