carrie meek_web.jpgDAVIE — The Black Heritage Council of Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services will celebrate Black History Month with the seventh annual Carrie P. Meek Outstanding Education Leadership Achievement Award Ceremony.

The event is a salute to members of the community who continuously and positively impact the lives of African Americans in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

The awards are named for retired Democratic Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek’s work as a lifelong educator and public servant. The celebration draws hundreds of educators, government officials and community leaders from the tri-county area each year.

Salome Thomas-El, education contributor on The Dr. Oz Show, author of I Choose to Stay and The Immortality of Influence, and a source on the Oprah Radio Network will give the featured address.

Guest speaker Dennis Bega, senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Education, will join Thomas-El to discuss ways of “Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders.”

The awards dinner will include recognition of community leaders and presentation of the Outstanding Student Leadership Scholarships. These awards recognize elementary, middle, and high school students who have excelled in academics, extracurricular activities and community or school leadership.

Special guests will also include T. Willard Fair, president of the Urban League of Greater Miami and chairman of the state Board of Education; Benjamin Cowins, newly elected board member of the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers; Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson; NSU President Emeritus Abraham Fischler; and Richard Hall, president of the Miami Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Proceeds will benefit the NSU Fischler School’s Black Heritage Council Scholarship Fund.