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The 2017 Honorees


Tarell Alvin McCraney

Arts & Culture

Tarell McCraney’s most notable accomplishment may be the Oscar-winning movie “Moonlight,” which was based off his work and life experiences, but helping change people’s lives through the performing arts is his true reward. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Tarell is an internationally acclaimed actor, playwright and professor who inspires and mentors youth, especially in his beloved hometown of Liberty City. He finds thoughtful, modern ways to spark his students’ creativity and interests while also identifying areas that are underexposed to the beauty of the theater. With fewer social programs geared toward young black women, Tarell bridges the gap through playwriting and performing arts curriculum at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, plus the Youth Artist Leadership Summer Program, an initiative he helped design to empower young female artists to bring their dreams to life.


Shaun M. Davis, CPA

Business & Entrepreneurism

When it comes to starting and growing a business, Shaun Davis, founder and managing partner of S. Davis & Associates, P.A., knows the effort it takes to succeed. What began as a passion for math as a student plus a dream for a successful future evolved into one of the largest African-American-owned certified public accounting and consulting firms in the southeast. Because of Shaun’s perseverance, professional accomplishments and strong ties to the community, he has also become a mentor for minorities considering a career in accounting and entrepreneurs seeking advice on starting their own companies. Shaun has a rich history of involvement with a number of academic, social and community-based organizations, too. He was a chair and member of the State of Florida Board of Accountancy and most recently, elected as board chair for the Urban League of Broward County where he leads the way in breaking the cycle of poverty through programs benefiting thousands of lives each year.


Enid Curtis Pinkney

Community Service

Enid Pinkney is a passionate historian who has worked tirelessly for justice and equality by preserving the role of African-Americans in Miami's rich history. Enid, also known as the “Cemetery Lady,” was instrumental in saving the Lemon City Cemetery and the Native American burial ground known as the Miami Circle in downtown. She championed the preservation efforts of several historical sites like the Hampton House Motel, which was one of the few places black entertainers, athletes and celebrities could stay during the days of segregation in the 1960s. She was elected the first black president of the Dade Heritage Trust preservation organization and is the founder of the African-American Committee, which focuses on the contributions of the black community. Enid has received many honors and awards for her impressive contributions and at 85, is still working hard to share her appreciation for history with future generations.


Anthony Lockhart, Ed.D.


Anthony Lockhart knows firsthand the challenge of transforming an academic environment from a cycle of deficiency into a thriving community of learning with countless potential. Anthony’s talents were most recently tested when he accepted the monumental task of improving the rating at Belle Glade’s Lake Shore Middle School, which repeatedly ranked among the lowest in Palm Beach County. But through hard work, a heart for education and an inspiring vision as school principal, Anthony lifted Lake Shore from an F-rating to a C in just one year, making it the most improved in 2016. Anthony believes that failure is not an option. Building on an impressive record of success, he has a knack for connecting with students and rising above whatever struggles come his way. For his achievements, Anthony has been recognized with several distinguished awards including Boca Raton High School’s Administrator of the Year and most recently, Palm Beach County’s Principal of the Year for 2016.


Phabie Jean

Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever

Phabie Jean is a bright young woman with a promising future, but as a child she faced her fair share of hardships and opposition. Born in a small farm town in Haiti, Phabie came to America with her mother at the age of two. Struggling to find a stable home, the pair moved several times until finally settling in Fort Lauderdale. Unable to speak much English, Phabie soon became a target for bullying which led to poor grades and a low self-esteem. But through perseverance, strength and hard work, Phabie embraced her culture and began to excel. She earned a 5.0 GPA while enrolled at Atlantic Technical High School, and completed externships at Walgreens and Plantation General Hospital as a pharmacy technician. She participates in various clubs and is currently the secretary for Mu Alpha Theta. Phabie plans to continue her pre-med studies with the dream of becoming a physician assistant. In her free time, Phabie gives back through volunteering at the library and reading to young children.

African-American Achievers