Greatest African American Professionals Honored in Harlem

Posted on October 17, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Celebrated in Cultural Capital of Black America

Ron Carter, Dr. Jackson Christmas

A group of the greatest African American professionals were celebrated on October 6, 2018 at Catholic Charities Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center in Harlem, the cultural capital of black America. Honorees included notable psychiatrist innovator Dr. June Jackson Christmas, legendary Jazz artist and bassist Ron Carter and, posthumously, Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay.

All awardees exemplify the best of what this cultural community, Harlem, has offered this unique community and indeed the nation.

After being entertained by poetry readings and Harlem Hospital Dance Leadership dancers, Dr. Jackson Christmas stood at the podium to thank Kennedy Center for serving as the site where she kicked off some of her pioneering psychiatric work. Funds raised at the event will help upgrade this vital center that provides an array of services -  from getting professionals such as Dr. Jackson Christmas started, to arts and theatre, a senior center, food pantry and more - so it can continue serving those in need in this historic community.

"Catholic Charities’ Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center has been, for over 64 years, in the Harlem community,” said Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center Director Deacon Rodney Beckford, “and as such seeks to inform and educate the generations to come through the accomplishments of awardees such as these."  

The Lt. Joseph P Kennedy Jr. Center Advisory Board to Catholic Charities chose honorees for this second annual Hall of Fame in Harlem event from a group of the most outstanding individuals who contributed significantly to the educational, cultural and social fiber Harlem community and broader society. Last year's recipient was famed producer and Harlem icon Voza Rivers.

“Their accomplishments cannot be overlooked lest we lose what they gave,” Deacon Beckford added.

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