JM Fam­ily names 2017 African-Amer­i­can he­roes

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - MARKETS - By Mar­cia Her­oux Pounds Staff writer

The 2017 African-Amer­i­can Achiev­ers, an­nounced Mon­day, in­clude a Broward County en­tre­pre­neur, a Palm Beach County ed­u­ca­tor, a Mi­ami his­to­rian and a Mi­ami ac­tor and play­wright who in­spired the movie “Moon­light” — named “Best Pic­ture of the Year” at the Academy Awards on Sun­day.

The awards have been an an­nual event for 25 years and are un­der­writ­ten by Deer­field Beach-based JM Fam­ily En­ter­prises and its deal­er­ships, in­clud­ing South­east Toy­ota and JM Lexus.

“Through the African-Amer­i­can Achiev­ers awards, we say thank you to un­sung he­roes for their ac­com­plish­ments and con­tri­bu­tions to South Florida,” said Colin Brown, pres­i­dent and CEO of JM Fam­ily. The 2017 win­ners are: Shaun M. Davis, founder and man­ag­ing part­ner of S. Davis& As­so­ciates in Hol­ly­wood, one of the largest African-Amer­i­can- owned cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­count­ing firms in the re­gion. Davis won in the en­tre­pre­neur cat­e­gory. He also re­cently was elected board chair of the Ur­ban League of Broward County.

An­thony Lock­hart, an ed­u­ca­tor whose lead­er­ship raised low-ranked Belle Glade’s Lake Shore Mid­dle School to a “C” in 2016, was named win­ner in the ed­u­ca­tion cat­e­gory. Lock­hart was also named prin­ci­pal of the year in Palm Beach County last year.

Enid Cur­tis Pinkney, a his­to­rian who was in­stru­men­tal in sav­ing the his­toric Lemon City Ceme­tery and the Na­tive Amer­i­can burial grounds down­town known as Mi­ami Cir­cle, was the win­ner in the com­mu­nity ser­vice cat­e­gory.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, ac­tor, play­wright and pro­fes­sor, wrote a script from his work with Lib­erty City youth that be­came the ba­sis of “Moon­light.” McCraney, who won in the arts and cul­ture cat­e­gory, uses play writ­ing and a per­form­ing arts cur­ricu­lum at the African Her­itage Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter, as well as a youth sum­mer arts pro­gram he de­signed to help em­power young fe­male artists.

JM Fam­ily said it will make a con­tri­bu­tion of $10,000 in each achiever’s name to their South Florida char­i­ties of choice.

Win­ners will be hon­ored at a pub­lic event on April 26 at the Greater Fort Laud­erdale/ County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. To at­tend, visit african amer­i­canachiev­ or call 866-516-2497.

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