Thursday, February 7, 2013
Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell on Monday kicked off Black History Month with a news conference to recognize outstanding leaders in Lehigh County’s African American Community as identified by the Rising Sun Initiative.
"Lehigh County is made great by the diverse types of residents who live and work here, coming together to form one vibrant community," said Hansell. "Lehigh County appreciates the hard work of these community leaders”.
The honorees were selected by the Rising Sun Initiative’s members as part of Lehigh County's 2012 Bicentennial festivities, but the presentation of the awards had to be postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.
"As a life-long resident of Lehigh County, I am delighted that the County has established an avenue for the community to celebrate Black History Month and am proud to be a part of recognizing the deserving and accomplished honorees." Kari E. Holmes, Chairperson of the Rising Sun Initiative
Honoree in the Business Sector: Mr. Clyde Bosket, Sr.
Honoree in the Civic Sector: Sonya Tolson
Honoree in the Media Industry: Jaciel Cordoba
Youth/Young Adult Honoree: James Allen Whitehead
Honoree in the Academic/Educational Sector: Melvin Riddick
Honoree in the Community Service Sector: Bishop Iris S. Smith, Ph. D.
Honoree in the Community Leadership Sector: Dr. JoAnn N. Spencer
Honoree in the Sports/Athletic Sector: Ronald “Coach” Simmons Sr.
Honoree in the Faith Sector: Rev. Benjamin T. Hailey, Sr.