On Thursday, February 06, 2020, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. hosted his annual celebration of Black History Month at the at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall in the Bronx County Building in the Bronx.
Raising Kings founder Mysonne Linen was awarded the “Jonathan Hicks Memorial Award,” which is named for the pioneering journalist, mentor and activist who passed away in 2014 and given each year to an individual who exemplifies the meaning of public service.
NAACP Brooklyn Chapter President L. Joy Williams and TV personality and entrepreneur Yandy Smith-Harris were also recognized for their valuable contributions to the residents of The Bronx and New York City.
The event was sponsored by Healthfirst and Waste Management and hosted by entertainment journalist Dorissa White of BronxNet and The Knockturnal.
“You cannot tell the story of the United States of America without telling the story of its Black people and honoring their contributions our culture. Black people have accomplished incredible things and are still making history everyday which is sure to inspire generations of boys and girls to come,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. “I want to thank L. Joy Williams, Yandy Smith-Harris, and our ‘Jonathan Hicks Memorial Award’ winner Mysonne Linen, for everything they have done to lift up the Black community and for all their hard work in The Bronx and throughout New York City.”
More photos from the event could be viewed here.