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About The Program

The African-American Achievers Awards, now in its 29th year, began with one man’s vision. Jim Moran wanted to celebrate members of the community who made a difference in the lives of others. A meaningful difference driven by passion and a greater purpose. Not to earn a pat on the back or a few moments in the spotlight, but for the reward of positively impacting the world around them. Together, we continue to celebrate the great work being done today. By doing so, we help keep Jim Moran’s legacy shining bright. Since 1992, over 160 individual Achievers have been recognized, and more than $600,000 has been donated on their behalf to nonprofit organizations in celebration of their achievements.

Week Of Achievement

In lieu of our traditional awards ceremony, we have decided to celebrate our extraordinary honorees a bit differently, with the African-American Achievers Week of Achievement. This new format will recognize our honorees selected by our panel of judges back in January 2020. We will be recognizing our honorees through our social media channels, commercials on WPLG Channel 10, and radio spots on 99 JAMZ and HOT 105. In addition, each honoree will receive a surprise special delivery to their homes and a special message. More details on that coming soon. We are excited for you to learn more about our remarkable Achievers and how their many impressive contributions have shaped South Florida. Meet our 2020/2021 African-American Achievers below. Select an honoree to learn more about them.

Meet Our Achievers

Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever

In addition, JM Family honors an African-American high school senior with the Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever Award. Given in partnership with Florida State University (FSU), the award provides a four-year, needs-based scholarship to a deserving student who has applied and received admission to FSU.

Say tuned for more news on the 2020 and 2021 youth achievers coming this summer.

(Pictured: 2020 Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever, Paige Harris)


The success of this annual program is because of the community’s support. We encourage you to nominate a deserving individual in October.


Learn more about the inspiring community leaders honored for their contributions to South Florida.

Past Achievers

Over 160 community members have been honored as African-American Achievers. You can view past honorees here.

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