Local Leaders Honored At Annual DCF Black History Month Celebration [GALLERY]

By: Lanetra Bennett
February 12, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The Florida Department of Children and Families is celebrating Black History Month by honoring "unsung heroes" in our communities.

Tallahassee orator, Dr. James Moran, recited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" Wednesday. The Florida Department of Children and Families honored local people who are a part of the dream.

The department and community leaders recognized 12 people for their positive work in the community during DCF's 7th Annual Black History Month Celebration.

One of the honorees, Gwendolyn Streeter, says, "This means a lot to me. It's very rewarding to see that the efforts that you put into the lives of children comes back and be blessing to you when you least expect it. It has been a great joy."

Pastor Dedric and Gwendolyn Streeter of Gadsden County were recognized for being foster parents, and having a scholarship in honor of their daughter who lost her life in a school bus accident in 2010.

Pastor Dedric Streeter says, "I had somewhat a difficult upbringing. So, I always said that if i was placed in a position where I can make a difference, I wanted to give back to the community."

To fulfill this year's theme of "Strengthening Families and Communities", keynote speaker, Pastor O. Jermaine Simmons, says you have to go back to core values and morals. He says, "We got to get back to yes ma'am and no sir. We got to get back to I'm sorry and please pardon me, if you don't mind. It's just certain things, and I don't care what year it is, we ought to have those things standard amongst all of us."

This year's celebration was held at the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee.

The 2014 Honorees are:

Brittney K. Allen - DCF employee

Torris Bethea - Data Integrity Manager for Big Bend Community Based Care

Dr. Marvin J. Henderson - Deputy Superintendent of Leon County Schools

Cassandra D. Jenkins - Contract Administrator for the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Darrick D. McGhee - Director of Legislative Affairs for the Executive Office of the Governor

Ernst Pirrelouis - involved in Tallahassee Chapter of Florida Youth SHINE, Progressive Black Men, Inc.

Pastor Dedric Streeter - Family Support Service manager at the Early Learning Coalition and pastor of Elizabeth Church of Christ Written in Heaven in Hardaway

Gwendolyn Streeter - Rehabilitation Therapist at Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee

Sharron Washington - Interim State Program Director for the Office of Economic Self-Sufficiency for the Florida Department of Children and Families

Rev. Dr. Joseph T. Wright - Pastor of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church of Tallahassee

Lenora Porter-Wynn - Senior Human Services Program Specialist for the Northwest Region's Adult Protective Services Program Office

Omega Wynn - District Manager of Starbucks Coffee for the Tallahassee and Panama City areas

By Lanetra Bennett
February 12, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Twelve local leaders were honored at a ceremony in honor of Black History Month.

The event, hosted by the Florida Department of Children and Families took place at 10:30 this morning, and honored the leaders for their outstanding work in the community.

The keynote speaker was Reverend O. Jermaine Simmons from Jacob Chapel Baptist Church of Tallahassee.

FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston was a special guest.

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