Harry O. Bright Jr., longtime executive director of the White Plains Commissioner on Human Rights, is among those being honored by Westchester County at the annual Black History Month and Trailblazers Award ceremony scheduled for Feb. 28 in Rye Brook.
The awards celebrate the professional and civic accomplishments of African Americans of Westchester County. Sponsored by the County Executive, Board of Legislators and Westchester’s African American Advisory Board, the ceremony is to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 800 Westchester Ave. It is free an open to the public. Those planning to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. by email to WCTrailblazers@gmail.com
Bright is to receive the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award for Civil Rights and Civic Engagement. A longtime White Plains resident, he served as head of the city’s Human Rights Commissioner from 1985to 2003. He has also been board chairman of the United Way of Weschester and Putnam, past president of the New York State Association of Human Rights Commissions, co-founder of the White Plains Coalition for Cultural and Racial Harmony and co-founder of Embracing Diversity and Ending Racism.
Also being honored are Dawna M. Fields of Mount Vernon, New Rochelle residents, Michael D. Armstrong and Sharon Epperson, and the late Dillard Boone of Mount Vernon.
Fields, national program manager of Colgate-Palmolive’s “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” program, and an active member of numerous local and national organizations, is to receive the Dr. Valiere Alcena Award for Health and Human Services.
The Cab Calloway Award for Arts and Culture is being presented to Armstrong, senior vice president and general manager of BET International and Paramount Channel and board member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Epperson is being honored with the Madame C.J. Walker Award for Business and Economoc Development. She is the senior commodities and personal finance correspondent for CNBC-TV and is a regular contributor to NBC’s Today Show and a number of publicatons.
The Life Time Achievement Award is being presented posthumouslt to Boone, who died on Jan. 10. A former member of the African American Advisory Board, he was a producer, radio host, special events coordinator, organizer of business expositions and founder and chairman of the A’vitar Foundation, which develops strategies for producting literary and cultural programs, performances, exhibits and events. He also served as deputy commissioner for Planning and Community Development in Mount Vernon and worked for New York City’s Agency for Child Develpment.