Melanin Market Heritage Awards
Join us for the evening as we pay homage to local pioneers. The 2023 Melanin Market Heritage AwardsFriday, February 10th7 pm -10 pmWJCT Studios:100 Festival Park Ave, Jacksonville,
Join us for the evening as we pay homage to local pioneers.
The 2023 Melanin Market Heritage Awards
Friday, February 10th
7 pm -10 pm
WJCT Studios:100 Festival Park Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Formal Attire Recommended
Hosted by Rahman Johnson & Anita Spencer
Celebrating the contributions of local honorees in business, non-profit organizing, and Civil Rights.
Living Legend – Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D.
Anthropologist, educator, museum director, and college president. Cole was the first female African-American president of Spelman College, a historically black college, serving from 1987 to 1997. She was president of Bennett College from 2002 to 2007. During 2009–2017 she was Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art.
Living Legend – Dr. Charles McIntosh
A pioneer in sickle-cell advocacy. Dr. Charles B. McIntosh was the first African-American pediatrician in Jacksonville, second in the state of Florida, and a graduate of the Old Stanton High School.
Historian Award – Ennis Davis
Ennis Davis is a certified senior planner who holds a degree in Architecture from Florida A&M University. Ennis is a senior planner with Alfred Benesch & Company, specializing with transportation and urban planning projects throughout the country. He is the author of the award-winning books “Reclaiming Jacksonville,” “Cohen Brothers: The Big Store” and “Images of Modern America: Jacksonville.” Davis is a co-founder of urban planning media and placemaking websites Moderncities.com and TheJaxsonMag.com, and a former citizen member of the Florida Times-Union editorial board.
Living Legacy – Harold Craw
As the General Manager of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Harold Craw is the only current African-American General Manager in Minor League Baseball, and only the second African-American to ever be named a general manager in the minor leagues. In 2017, Craw become the first African-American to win Executive of the Year for any league in Minor League Baseball.
Business and Philanthropy Acknowledgements
– Small Business of the Year – Icecapade Frozen Treats
– Kidpreneur of the Year -The STEAM Squad
– Community Impact Award – United Way
– Outeast Heritage Family Award – Stallings Family
– Earring Lab, SK8hers INC.
– Melanoid Breastmilk
– Take the First Step
Live Performances by:
– Genesis Archer -Singer/Songwriter
– Noble Sound322 – Singer/Songwriter
– Suni Storm – Spoken Word Artist
– Pierre Kendrick – Jazz, Gospel, Soul, and R&B Saxophonist
– Genala Riddick – Viola student, LaVilla School of the Arts
Table sponsorships and individual tickets are now on sale.
For more information about the Jax Melanin Market visit www.jaxmelaninmarket.com
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm