Acting Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Ricky Maxwell, FBI Atlanta, recently presented the FBI Director’s Award for Community Leadership for 2013 to Orrin Hudson for his exceptional insight and success in reaching disadvantaged youth in the metropolitan Atlanta area through the game of chess. On April 4, 2014, FBI Director James B. Comey will host all of the FBI’s 56 selectees from around the country at a national ceremony to be held at FBI Headquarters with Hudson present as Atlanta FBI’s honoree. Hudson, a motivational speaker and community activist, realized the need to become involved in finding a solution to curb teenage violence within his community. Hudson recounted that, much like today’s youth, he was destined for trouble until a teacher changed his life by introducing him to a chess board. Hudson, who is also a former law enforcement officer with the State of Alabama, believes that prevention is better than detention and, since becoming involved, he has helped more than 20,000 children develop the practical skills and techniques to overcome obstacles in life as illustrated through the best and most intellectual visual aid, the chessboard.
The first African American Police Commissioner in the history of the Baltimore Police Department died Monday, a department spokesman said. Bishop L. Robinson died at the age of 86. He served as commissioner from 1984 to 1987 and later served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services from 1987 to 1997.
Robinson was one of the founding members of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. The Annex Headquarters Building at Fayette and Presidents streets is named in his honor.
The first African American elected to the township council in Cherry Hill lost her battle with cancer last month. Joyce Alexander Walker, an East Orange High School graduate, died on Dec. 28 at 60, according to Philly.com. She was elected to the council in the Camden County township in 1997, serving until 2005. Among her proudest achievements was being selected as a delegate for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Walker is also credited with helping to create a new branch of the Cherry Hill library. Mayor Chuck Cahn declared Nov. 15 Joyce Alexander Walker Day, according to the Cherry Hill Patch site.
Major League Baseball will partner with the New York Yankees to co-host the 2014 MLB Diversity Business Summit, which will provide attendees with access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office, in New York City. Various elements of the third annual MLB Diversity Business Summit will be held on Monday, April 14th and Tuesday, April 15th, which is Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball, at the Manhattan Center and the New Yorker Hotel. The summit is a unique sports employment and business opportunity career and trade fair that provides job seekers and entrepreneurs with opportunities to connect directly with decision-makers for employment and business opportunities at Major and Minor League Clubs, as well as well those from MLB media entities. The event will include a keynote speech by Commissioner Bud Selig, league-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops and executive roundtable discussions. Additionally, the Yankees will host attendees at Yankee Stadium for the Welcome Reception (April 14th) and the April 15th Jackie Robinson Day Interleague game between the Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. Individuals may now visitMLB.com/diversitysummit to register and learn more about the 2014 MLB Diversity Business Summit.
This year, more than $50 billion dollars will be given away in scholarships, and many of these programs have deadlines that are fast-approaching. Scholarships are free monetary gifts that can be used to pay for college tuition, books, and boarding. Most scholarship programs require students to excel in academics, sports, or in an essay competition. The top 10 scholarships for African American students with upcoming deadlines in January 2014 are The Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride” Scholarship, The Burger King Scholars program, The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, The Ron Brown Scholar Program, The Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship Program, The National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA), Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships (RMHC), The Talbots Scholarship Program, The Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program, and The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program. For more information and specific requirements and deadlines for these scholarships, visit www.ScholarshipsOnline.org.
Compiled by Juliana Norwood