Past Honorees

2015

President’s Award
Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC National Correspondent

Freedom Star
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson and The Conviction Review Unit

Legal Leadership
Honorable L. Priscilla Hall
Associate Justice, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department

Leadership in Commerce & Industry
Carver Federal Savings Bank

Valiant Service
Akua Soadwa, Founder and Executive Director, Gye Nyame Empowerment Project

Entrepreneurship
Daphnee Surpris, Owner, Vodou Bar

Member of the Year
Charles Hayden

 

2013

President’s Award
Honorable Marty Markowitz

Freedom Star
Honorable Brad Lander & Honorable Jumaane Williams

Religious Service
Rev. Dr. Emma J. Knox

Leadership in Industry
Transport Workers Union, Local 100

Valiant Service
Johnny Jones, Jr.

Entrepreneurship
Marcia Pitter

Young Leader
Imani Cooper

2012

Freedom Star
Andrew Kimball, President & CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development

Lucille Rose Living Legend
Mr. Albert Wiley & Ms. Bernice Wiley

Valiant Service
Jennifer Jones & Family

Religious Service
Rev. Agnes Blackmon, Pastor, Westminster-Bethany Presbyterian Church

Entrepreneurship
Jean Alerte, Owner of Brooklyn Swirl

Rodney Dent Membership
Gloria Benfield

Young Leaders
Gabrielle Williams & Victor Fernandez

2011

Freedom Star
Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez, President, Hispanic Federation

Lucille Rose Living Legend
Dr. Marcella Maxwell, Community Activist

Legal Leadership
Jacqueline A. Berrien, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Leadership in Industry
Verizon

Valiant Service
Jacqui Williams-Fields, Principal, 99 Solutions

Entrepreneurship
Roland Brammer, Owner, Subway Franchise

Young Leaders
Jailia McLean & Jorel Moore

2010

Freedom Star
John Liu

Lucille Rose Living Legend
Melba Adams

Legal Leadership
L. Londell McMillan

Leadership in Industry
Con Edison & Muss Development

Valiant Service
Radio Soleil D’Haiti

Religious Service
Rev. Dr. Susie Elliott

Entrepreneurship
Betty Long

Young Leaders
Samantha Bonnel & Najja Pemberton

2009

Freedom Star
Marilyn Gelber

Lucille Rose Living Legend
Thomas Aycott & Ollie Dent

Legal Leadership
Judge Theodore J. Jones

Leadership in Industry
IKEA

Valiant Service
Dr. Lester W. Young Jr. 

Religious Service
Rev. Dr. Daran Mitchell

Entrepreneurship
Monique Greenwood

Young Leaders
Rachel Hinds & Dante Doig-Acuna

 2008

Freedom Star
Petty Officer First Class Debra Gillman Spicer

Lucille Rose Living Legend
Elsie Richardson

Legal Leadership
Charles J. Hynes

Leadership in Industry
Entergy

Valiant Service
Tia Williams 

Religious Service
Rev Robert M. Waterman

Entrepreneurship
Harry Haynes Jr.

Young Leaders
Aressa B. Coley & Mario Cox

2007

Freedom Star
Dr. Matthew Goldstein 

Lucille Rose Living Legend
Joseph Alston

Legal Leadership
Loretta Lynch, Esq.

Leadership in Industry
Macy’s East

Valiant Service
Valerie Oliver-Durrah 

Religious Service
Dr. Gary V. Simpson 

Entrepreneurship
Melanie Jean Baptiste Charles 

Young Leaders
Carl Whitaker

 2006

Freedom Star
Tawana M. Tibbs

Lucille Rose Living Legend
William C. Thompson, Sr.

Legal Leadership
Sanford A. Rubenstein, Esq

Leadership in Industry
Cablevision

Valiant Service
Sarah Keys Evans

Religious Service
Ophelia Perry

Entrepreneurship
Whitney White

Young Leaders
John Yeiser, III

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