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From left to right: Clarence E. Anthony, Wayne D. Barton, Louise E. Buie, John E. Jenkins, Bettye J. King, and Robert M. Montgomery, Jr.

Clarence E. Anthony

For the past 17 years, South Bay Mayor Clarence Anthony has been in the forefront of politics in his community as well as on statewide and national levels. He was elected by voters to the South Bay City Commission in March 1984 and elected mayor by his colleagues a year later. He has been active in both the Florida League of Cities and the National League of Cities and has served successful terms as president of both organizations.

He is a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and serves on the board of directors of the National Conference of Black Mayors. Mayor Anthony also chairs an organization of Palm Beach County black elected officials and is a member of several other federal and state commissions and boards.

A lifelong resident of South Bay, Mayor Anthony holds an A.A. degree from Palm Beach Community College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida Atlantic University. He is president of Emerge Consulting Corporation, and he’s active in many professional and service organizations in South Bay and Palm Beach County. His extensive community service has earned him honors including the Florida Jaycees Mayor of the Year Award for 1989-90, distinguished alumnus awards from Florida Atlantic University and PBCC, Ebony Magazine Future Leader Award, Outstanding Young Men in America Award and Outstanding Community Leaders in America Award.

Wayne D. Barton

Wayne Barton began his career at the Boca Raton Police Department in 1980 as a police aide before being promoted to a police officer in 1981. He is well respected in the community and on the police force, having been named Officer of the Year by the department as well as Officer of the Month 20 times and Officer of the Quarter twice.  His commendation file echoes the words of “dedication, compassion, patience, understanding, courtesy and competence."

Barton works to help youth in the community and to improve the community. In 1989, he was elected president of the “Mr. T" Club, in which students from middle and high schools are rewarded for their academics and attendance. He is a member of the Boca Raton Jaycees and serves on the board of directors for the Palm Beach County March of Dimes and the Salvation Army. He’s a certified Drug Abuse Resistance Education instructor and a member of the Mayor’s Drug Task Force. He’s also a founder of the local chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation, which funds college tuition for disadvantaged children in public housing in Boca Raton.
He has won numerous local and state awards because of his outstanding law enforcement and community work, including the Meritorious Award in 1988 from Florida State Attorney General Bob Butterworth. He has been featured on several television shows including Inside Edition, Current Affair and Eye on Palm Beach.

Louise E. Buie

Louise Buie is a pioneer of the civil rights movement in Palm Beach County. As president of the local branch of the NAACP for more than 25 years, she worked tirelessly for voting rights, fair housing and human rights and she was instrumental in desegregating many areas in the county and throughout Florida. A most noteworthy incident was the desegregation of formerly all-white Phipps Park in Palm Beach after a young African American girl was ordered off the beach by local law enforcement officials.

She has participated in many local and national civil rights marches, including the 1961 March on Connie Mack Field to give African-American ball players the right to stay at local hotels and motels with their teammates and their fans the privilege of sitting in the grandstand at the stadium. She also organized local citizens to participate in the 1963 March on Washington led by Dr. King.

She retired as an insurance agent with the Afro-American Life Insurance Company in 1976 after 28 years. She then worked for the Visiting Nurses Association as a certified nurse’s aide. She is now fully retired but continues to be active in many and varied civil and business activities including the local NAACP, Riviera Beach Voters League Voters League. She has been honored and the recipient of many awards including the naming of the administrative complex of the Palm Beach County Urban League in her honor.

John E. Jenkins

John Jenkins, counselor and coordinator of student activities at PBCC’s Palm Beach Gardens location, has 34 years of education experience in Palm Beach County, including 24 years at PBCC. He served as acting dean of student services in Palm Beach Gardens from September 1998 to October 1999. He has served as advisor of the Student Government Association at PBCC in Palm Beach Gardens for 24 years. The group is involved annually in walk-a-thons, fundraisers for charities, Christmas food give-a-ways voter registration, health fairs, blood drives and social activities.

In 1993, he was recognized as the Dwight Allison Fellow for outstanding service to the community. Jenkins has served as church school superintendent at Hurst Chapel A.M.E. Church for 26 years where more than 90 percent of graduates have furthered their education. He has served as a member of the Community Relations Committee of the Kravis Center for 10 years, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity for 33 years (including local chapter president for six years) and other community groups. An advocate for blood donating, Jenkins has donated more than 30 gallons of blood to the South Florida Blood Bank.

He has dedicated himself to giving back because he says he got where he is with help from many. He holds an A.A. degree from Volusia County Community College and a B.S. and M.S. degrees from Florida A&M University.

Bettye J. King

Bettye King is a board certified civil trail lawyer with her own law practice in West Palm Beach, specializing in personal injury. Martindale-Hubbell Legal Network has awarded her an AV rating. A native Floridian, she received her B.A. and her Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Florida. She has served on many professional and civic boards including the Palm Beach County Judicial Nominating Commission and the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission and Leadership Palm Beach County. For 10 years, she served as a trustee of Palm Beach Community College, appointed by Govs. Robert Martinez and Lawton Chiles.

Robert M. Montgomery, Jr.

West Palm Beach attorney Robert Montgomery, Jr. has represented clients in some of Florida’s most high profile cases and received about 60 settlements or verdicts over $1 million. He has been active in numerous civic and professional organizations and has received many accolades for his service to the community.

He is president of the Palm Beach Opera, co-founder of The Children's Place at Home Safe, founder of the Armory School & Visual Arts Center and chairman of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art. He also is founder of the Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Cancer Research Fund, Albert Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He serves on the Board of Trustees for National Public Radio. His numerous honors include, the Distinguished Community Service Award, American Technion Society; the Philanthropist of the Year Award, National Association of Fund Raising Executives; the Sun-Sentinel Publisher's Award for contributing most to improving quality of life in Broward and Palm Beach counties; Child Advocate of the Year, Friends of Abused Children; Humanitarian Award, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and the Haym Salomon Award from the Anti-Defamation League.

Montgomery received an A.S. degree from Marion Military Institute, a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama and his L.L.B. and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.

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