The Elmont Online - Highlighting Success, Inc. Black History Committee, announces their awardees for the 11th Annual Black History Celebration Award. The Annual Award Ceremony and Dinner will be held at Adelphi University on February 15, 2014.
This year’s focus is activism and advocacy. Mrs. Mimi Pierre-Johnson, a longtime Elmont resident, will receive the prestigious Dr. Carter G. Woodson Award. Mrs. Pierre-Johnson utilized her personal experience with the sub-prime mortgage and foreclosure fiascos to add to the national outcry for justice. Mimi Pierre Johnson had been fighting the foreclosure of her home for several years when she started organizing against foreclosures with New York Communities for Change. December 6, 2012 was declared a national day to occupy our homes, an action to take over abandoned and foreclosed homes. Over 1,000 people marched through East New York, a low-income, minority community in Brooklyn that has been heavily hit by foreclosures, at a rate five times higher than the rest of the state.
“…if the government is not willing to do something extraordinary to take back these homes and help the homeowners, then this is what we have to do. We have to take [to] the street, take the homes back, and take our streets back”, said Johnson.
Two “Profile in Success” awards will go to Mr. Lee Marcus, founder of the Model UN district conference in Elmont, and Mr. Titus Williams, Elmont Memorial Graduate and recent winner of the “Invest in Elmont” award.
Over 30 years ago, the Model United Nations Program was established at Elmont Memorial High School by Mr. Marcus. By the late 1980’s, the program was a part of the curriculum of all five high schools in the Sewanhaka Central High School District. In 1992, Mr. Marcus received a Congressional citation for his work with Model UN and was named Sewanhaka Central High School District’s “Teacher of the District.” In 2005, realizing the vision of Elmont UFSD’s Superintendent Al Harper, Lee spearheaded one of the first elementary school Model UN programs in the country. Now known as the Lee Marcus Invitational Sewanhaka Intra-district Model United Nations Conference, Mr. Marcus’ legacy continues.
Titus Williams is a graduate of both the Alden Terrace Elementary and Elmont Memorial High Schools and Nassau Community College. Currently, Williams studies Politics, Economics and Law. He received the first “Invest in Elmont” grant for his visionary use of the Belmont property. Mr. Williams is often seen running on Elmont streets, as he is a prize-winning boxer. In addition to a host of champion titles, Williams is the first ever lightweight Golden Gloves Champion at the Barclay Center.
This year’s celebration is sponsored in part by the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies at Adelphi University, The Sewanhaka Central High School District; Elmont School District; Invest in Elmont, County Legislator Carrie Solages and State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages.