Taking care of Business

Black legislators discuss issues, then shake their tail feathers to raise money for scholarships


From left to right: Robert Runcie, Kimberly Moore, Hazelle Rogers and Rocky Hannah discuss the state of Florida’s public schools.

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Conference of Black State Legislators Foundation and the Florida Legislative Black Caucus staged their 24th Annual State of Black Florida conference, featuring issue-heavy seminars and climaxed by its semi-formal Annual Scholarship Gala.

On April 6, a seminar, “Bridge Building – Law Enforcement in the Black Community” was moderated by Daryl Daniels, youth programs director for the Derrick Brooks Charities. Guest panelists included Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Central Florida Urban League President/CEO Glenn Gilzean, and Florida A&M University student Soladeen Hamilton.

Later that afternoon, Florida Courier Publisher Charles W. Cherry II moderated a gubernatorial symposium entitled, “The Future of Black Florida.” All announced gubernatorial candidates to date, including former congresswoman Gwen Graham, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Richard Corcoran, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillam, and Attorney Chris King were invited. Only King appeared.

Top left: FAMU Government Relations Director Barbara Cohen-Tippin and Gantt Report columnist Lucius Gantt.
Top right: Yolanda Cash Jackson, Angela Messam, LaTaryn Gay, and Kim McCray look fabulous.
Bottom left: The Tallahassee Nights Live band tore the house down.
Bottom right: Two gala attendees cut loose on the dance floor, “House Party”-style.

On Friday, April 7, Kimberly Moore, vice president for workforce development at Tallahassee Community College, moderated another panel discussion, “The Future of Public Education in Florida.” Panel guests included Robert Runcie, superintendent of the Broward County Public Schools; Rocky Hannah, superintendent of Leon County Public Schools, and Hazelle Rogers, mayor of Lauderdale Lakes (Broward County).

This year’s conference ended with the Scholarship Gala, featuring a VIP reception and a banquet and dance featuring a dynamic live band, Tallahassee Nights Live.


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