Monday, March 24, 2003

Good News

Awards enhanced by cultures

Global communications have brought the world closer, and could lead to world peace.

Some of that communication occurred about two weeks ago at Xavier University, during an international culture festival that was held as part of the annual Imagemaker awards ceremony.

The event was a treat. Entertainers included a Chinese pianist, a tae kwon do demonstration, Greek dancers, performances by Arabic students; the soothing music of a Chinese harp, demonstrations by the Northern American Indian and Interethnic Councils, a reading by gospel poet Eugene Harris, a Japanese drum demonstration, and storytelling by Sabina Barron.

Sallie Elliott, publisher of Applause magazine, which sponsors the Imagemaker awards, has said she wants the awards to reflect more ethnic participation and become more diverse.

What are we as Americans if we are not that melting pot of cultures?

Elliott selected a committee of educators, professionals, businesses, community leaders and public officials to select representatives as imagemakers.

They included Ilyas Nashid of the Cincinnati Islamic Center, for advocacy; Kay F. Barksdale, singer, for arts and entertainment; DeAsa Brown, director of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce, corporate achievement; Jerome Sammuel Bowles, president of the Northern Kentucky NAACP Branch, for education; Eugene Ellington, of Ellington Management Services, for entrepreneurship; Sally Steward, co-founder and director of Crossroad Health Center, for medicine, health and technology; and K. Michael Jordan, a community activist, for public service.

A special humanitarian award went to Anthony Munoz, former Cincinnati Bengal. Special recognition went to Miriam Crenshaw, CEO of the Winton Hills Medical and Health Center; Edgar Richardson, retired executive of the China Sisters City Program; and Su Casa Hispanic Ministries.

This column was honored for presenting volunteers, old and young, black and white, who make special contributions in urban and suburban communities.

Keith Linnere of the Homegrown Innertainment group wants people to wear red, white and blue April 4 in honor of the day the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was slain.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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