Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Some Good News

League glorifies its Lions

        The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati will feature 15-year-old Donte Shackelford, author of School is My Job, as the guest speaker at the league's annual meeting and Glorifying the Lions Luncheon, at noon Jan. 25 at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Cincinnati.

        Donte is from Dayton, Ohio. He is a member of Black Brothers Involvement/Black Sisters Involvement, a self-worth drama team.

        He has traveled across the country, acting and performing skits to educate inner-city youth about critical social issues that affect them.

        The Glorifying the Lions award highlights seniors who have made significant contributions to the Cincinnati community.

        This year's winners are:

        • Cathryn Clement Buford, a co-founder of the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Cincinnati, which addresses the needs of children with the disease.

        Mrs. Buford had an extensive career in social work and worked at the Maryland State Hospital in Baltimore, Rollman Receiving Hospital and Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.

        She co-founded the Sickle Cell Awareness Group with Dr. Marilyn Gaston. The center in Avondale is named the Buford Gaston Sickle Cell Center.

        • Richard N. Aft is president of Philanthropic Leadership, a consulting practice specializing in increasing return on charitable investments.

        Mr. Aft was president of the United Way & Community Chest for 14 years. He has chaired Leadership Cincinnati and Leadership Memphis, the United Way of America National Professional Council, and United Way's National Staff Leaders Conference.

        • Arthur F. Hull Jr. is a retired executive of the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co.

        Mr. Hull has served on numerous boards, including Boy Scouts of American, Boys Club of America, the NAACP, Mayors Friendly Relations Committee, the Cincinnati Civil Service Commission and the Cincinnati Board of Education.

        • Janet Dumas Keys is a guidance counselor. Mrs. Keys was one of the organizers of the Cincinnati Chapter of Jack "n' Jill,president of the Pan City Garden Club, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

        • The late Joseph R. Patterson will receive the award posthumously. He retired as deputy director with the Cincinnati Minority Contractors Business Assistance Corp.

        Mr. Patterson helped organize the Northern Kentucky NAACP and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

        He was honored by the Ohio General Assembly for the physical planning of the West End Development Project and for his contributions in minority economic development.

        “We are extremely excited about honoring people who have made exemplary contributions to their communities,” said Sharon Hardin, director of marketing and key initiatives for the league.

        For more information, 281-9955.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Monday-Friday and Sundays.Contact him at (513) 768-8362 or


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