frederica-wilson_web.jpgU.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., presented retired Congresswoman  Carrie Meek with Miami-Dade Democratic Party’s Lifetime Civic Leadership Award during the  first Blue Gala hosted by the party Sunday at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

Wilson described the honoree as “fearless and determined,” adding, “She broke down barriers to improve the quality of life for Floridians and paved the way for more people like me, who also wanted to make a difference and serve their communities, their state and their country.” Also receiving awards were MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, who got the Progressive Champion Award;  state Sen. Oscar Braynon II, the Legislative Champion Award; and state Rep. David Richardson, D-North Bay Village, the first openly gay Florida legislator, the Breaking Barriers Award.  In photo, Meek’s son, Kendrick, a former congressman, speaks as Wilson, right, is getting ready to present the award to her.