My name is Troy Anthony Greene. Im a single, 36 years old continuing student at Foothill College. I was honored to receive the Lewis Latimer Award sponsored by the African American History Month Planning Committee in February. My sincere thanks go to Paul McConnell, my Internet working instructor, for nominating me. I especially thank the African American History Month Planning Committee for creating this annual awards program. I also wish to acknowledge my former Air Force supervisors, former teachers, close friends, my mother and last but not least God as my sources of my inspiration and success.
As many have already noticed there is a new addition to the Pass the Torch room, a colorful collage in mixed media by Oakland based artist Milton Bowens. Students and faculty alike very well received his recent exhibition in the Seman Library for African History Month. When Foothill College showed interest in purchasing one of his pieces he very generously donated the painting entitled "Looking for a Hero." It will be temporarily displayed in the Pass the Torch room until a permanent location is secured.
Foothill College celebrates African-American History Month with style and energy every February. I asked a couple of international African students how they would celebrate African History Month and if they commemorate it in their native country. I found their responses very interesting.
Kele Kalani Napoleon, Foothill College student is the recipient of the George Washington Carver Awaqrd for outstanding Scholastic Achievement. Kele graduated in the top 25% of her class and completed AP(advanced placement) classes in Chemistry, Physics, English, Spanish, Mathematics, and Biology. She is a National Merit Scholar honoree scoring in the top 10% of African American high school students in the nation. Kele is a taekwondo black belt and talented basketball player. She will transfer to UC Davis as a Biology major i the fall. Her long-term goal is to become a Dentist.
More than 100 students, faculty and staff recreated the historic March on Washington, D.C., to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 12. Students carried placards and the group sang spirituals as it proceeded through Cesar Chavez Plaza at Foothill College. The event ended with the annual MLK Jr. Luncheon sponsored by the Foothill African American Network and Black Student Union. As guest speaker, The Honorable LaDoris Cordell, Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, delivered a passionate and inspiring speech to a standing room only luncheon audience. The King Jr. Luncheon Planning Committee included Donald Dorsey, chairman, John Bostic, Juanita Croft, Willie Friesen, April Henderson, Rose Myers and Melanie Pla-Richard.
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