LEADERSHIP AWARD (ALUMNI)
Devin Robinson X
Devin Robinson X has made educating youth and adults about HIV and AIDS part of his life's mission. Through AIDS Awareness Poets, Inc., a nonprofit company he established in 2006, he gets his messages across through his original poetry and monologues. He has performed at colleges and universities and other venues in South Florida and around the world. From Johannesburg (South Africa), Qatar (Middle East) to several parts of the Caribbean, his talent is enjoyed worldwide.
After losing his mother at the age of 12 and being abandoned by his father, Robinson X began down a dangerous path of trouble. He made a complete turnaround, however, and began channeling his grief and anger into a positive passion to improve others. He credits the turnaround to his sister, Chastity. At 18, she raised him and guided him on a positive path.
Robinson X enrolled in Palm Beach State in 2003, where he was active in the Student Government Association, Black Student Association, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Christian Leadership Association and the Florida African American Student Association (FAASA). Through his involvement he discovered his passions for black history and educating people about HIV/AIDS.
As Region V Coordinator of FAASA, he was charged with presenting a workshop about HIV/AIDS at a state conference in 2004. He attended an HIV conference to gather ideas. Unimpressed with the delivery of the message to the younger generations, he decided to do something about it. His passion to educate the public and help eradicate the spread of HIV/AIDS grew from there. He began writing poetry and monologues about HIV/AIDs. At Palm Beach State's Boca Raton campus, he founded the AIDS Awareness Poets in 2004, which became one of the most popular student clubs on campus. In the first year, the group held 43 events, tested 200 people for HIV and was listed on the Centers for Disease Control website.
After graduating from college, Robinson, who holds an Associate in Arts degree from Palm Beach State and a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Florida Atlantic University, made the club a nonprofit and expanded nationally. One of his most popular one-man shows, "God Did Not Give me HIV," has been well received by audiences. He does not get bogged down with figures, saying that one case of HIV/AIDS is too many. For his work, he has appeared on Apollo twice, Black Entertainment Television's "106 & Park", MTV, UPN, NBC, National Public Radio and on a BET special, "Pos or Not?" He also has been featured in Seventeen magazine, HIV Plus Magazine, POZ magazine, the New York Daily News and in Madison's Who's Who of business executives and professionals. He has shared stages with Magic Johnson, Anthony Hamilton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Sister Souljah.
LEADERSHIP AWARD (STUDENT)
At the age of 12, Albert Moore was administered a standard IQ test in his sixth-grade class. He scored 12 points. Scoring 70 or less is considered low intelligence. The administrator called Moore into her office and stated, "You scored 12 points on your IQ test, which basically indicates you are mentally retarded. You will never function normally in society." Those very words haunted Moore all his adult life yet fueled his passion for education and becoming an active citizen in his community.
After high school, he served as a specialist first class in the U.S. Army from 1977 to 1981 and a reservist for the U.S. National Guard from 1981 to 1983 and 1995 to 2007. He started his career at the Florida Department of Corrections in Belle Glade in 1981 and moved on to work for the Broward County Sheriff's Office as a detention deputy in 1997 until his retirement in 2007. Earning a college degree was always a dream of Moore's, so he enrolled at Palm Beach Community College (now Palm Beach State College) and earned his associate degree in criminal justice in 2009. He is an active member of Save Our Sons (SOS), a group whose mission is to increase the retention, participation and graduation rate of black and Hispanic males who attend Palm Beach State. He is also a student advocate and volunteers as a mentor for students.
He is well known by many students, faculty and staff at the College as an active volunteer, always willing to take a lead in initiatives to help other students and the community. Among his numerous accomplishments, he served as the lead contact for the Haiti Relief Students in Crisis Office established at the College after a deadly earthquake ravaged the nation last year. He also helped raised over $1,250 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk and over $1,000 for United Way in 2009 as well over $1,084 for Relay for Life in 2010. He has helped coordinate campus-wide volunteer efforts including food donations for the Lake Worth Food Pantry, toy donations for The Children's Coalition, Palm Beach County Coastal Cleanup, Solid Waste Authority Adopt- a-Spot and Paint Your Heart Out.
He served as the Student Government Association chief justice from 2009-2010 and 2008-2009, Student Government Association sergeant-at- arms in 2007-2008 and Inter-Club Council Chair in 2009. Albert was awarded the Academic/Service Excellence Student of the Year Award in 2009. He has accomplished all of this while maintaining at least a 3.2 GPA. He is a proud member of the Delta Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the Honor Society at the Lake Worth campus. He is currently in his last year of the Bachelor of Applied Science program majoring in public safety management.
In addition to being a highly dedicated student, he is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way and the Free Mason Society.
LEADERSHIP AWARD (INDIVIDUAL)
Edith C. Bush
Service, community activism and a commitment to social justice and peace are reflected in the full life of Edith C. Bush. Her journey began in segregated Alabama, when her father was a community activist and president of the NAACP. As a child, she experienced injustice and knew it was wrong. From those experiences, she became a catalyst for change over the years.
In 1981, Bush helped officially establish the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Committee in West Palm Beach, which has been the conduit for much of her work in the community. As executive director of the nonprofit organization, she works tirelessly on the committee's efforts to disseminate information, educate the public and promote awareness and understanding of the works, accomplishments and ideals of Dr. King. Under her leadership, the MLKCC expanded its programs commemorating the civil right leader's birthday to one week in January, including a scholarship breakfast as well as an essay competition and performing arts, oratorical and arts contests to promote cultural awareness for youth and educate citizens about the importance of African-American history.
The MLKCC also holds year round programs, including a summer peace camp that provides tours, arts and crafts and cultural and educational experiences for low-income children; the I Have a Dream Health and Safety Fair in February and a Remember the Dreamer Fashion Show in April. In addition, the MLKCC also established the Martin Luther King Caregivers to provide food and clothing to needy senior citizens. Bush's steadfast work helped lead to the construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Landmark Memorial located on the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach, which was completed in 2004.
An educator in Palm Beach County for 32 years before retiring in 1987, she served as vice president of the Area Agency on Aging, and she currently serves as a board member of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beaches and as president of the Progressive Northwest Neighborhood Association.
Some of her awards include: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom- Woman of the Year Award; Bethune-Cookman University- Alumni of the Year Award; Fellowship of Reconciliation-MLKCCAward; Urban League- MLK Community Service Award; Sun-Sentinel Community Service Award; Super-Superior Award- FPL Florida Council on Aging; Neighborhood Service Award-City of West Palm Beach and the Community Service Award-Alliance of Retired Americans (Palm Beach County).
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bethune-Cookman University and her Master of Education degree from Florida Atlantic University. She completed post-graduate studies at the University of Miami and New York University.
LEADERSHIP AWARD (ORGANIZATION)
Urban League of Palm Beach County
The Urban League of Palm Beach County (ULPBC) was founded more than 37 years ago by a group of dedicated and concerned citizens with a passion for helping underserved African Americans and other minorities achieve social and economic equality in our community. The ULPBC is one of over 100 affiliates in 35 states and the District of Columbia and is part of the National Urban League, which celebrated its centennial in 2010.
The ULPBC served more than 15,000 people in 2009-10 through youth and education, comprehensive housing counseling and community development programs. In a time of great recession, the ULPBC responded to the growing and critical need for services in the community by expanding its efforts to include workforce development for youth and adults and a new High School Credit Recovery Drop Out Prevention Program. The ULPBC also expanded its youth and education department and served more than 400 families facing foreclosure. The ULPBC and its subsidiary, New Urban Community Development Corporation, opened a $2.5 million, 11-unit townhome development in downtown West Palm Beach. The Henrietta Homebuyer Incubator program, which received the National Urban League Centennial Award for Innovation, will help families prepare for homeownership through intensive one-on-one counseling with ULPBC housing counselors certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Palm Beach County Chapter of the National Urban League Incentive to Excel and Succeed (NULITES) program was recognized in 2010 with all three national honors including NULITER (Tamesha Chambers), Caring Adult (Gloria Scott, Program Coordinator) and Chapter of the Year, cementing it as the leading youth community service and leadership program in the Urban League Movement.
The ULPBC, along with other affiliates, helped launch the Movement's platform and agenda for the second century of the civil rights movement called "I Am Empowered." At the core, is a four-part pledge for education, jobs, health care and fair housing for all Americans by 2025. Since its establishment nearly four decades ago, ULPBC has helped thousands realize their dream of social and economic equality by serving as a leading provider of comprehensive family services.