NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle's student-run Dining Lab restaurant was the setting for Monroe College to honor five community leaders for their public service and professional achievements at its Black History Month Celebration of Excellence Awards Dinner on Tuesday, hosted by the College's School of Criminal Justice.
The college recognized five African-American professionals "whose character, conduct and leadership have served their communities well and inspired others," according to a news release.
The honorees were
- Wilbur Chapman, special advisor for public safety to mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and former chief with the NYPD and Bridgeport police departments;
- Judge Kathie Davidson, supervising judge of the Ninth Judicial District Family Courts;
- Joey Jackson, attorney with Koehler & Isaacs and CNN legal commentator;
- Richard Thomas, Mount Vernon mayor; and
- Dr. Errol Toulon, deputy commissioner of operations for the New York City Corrections Department.
"Black History Month has traditionally been a time to remember the pioneering men and women from the past who made an impact on our society and culture, but it is important that we also recognize the outstanding achievements of those who are having an influence on the course of history today, particularly here in our own backyard in New York," said Michele Rodney, dean of Monroe College's School of Criminal Justice.
"The individuals that we are privileged to honor tonight are true community leaders," Rodney continued. "Through their words and actions, they continually make a difference and inspire those around them to do and be better. It is our great pleasure to thank them for their myriad contributions and celebrate their accomplishments through this awards dinner."
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