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March 5, 2013 > African American Heritage Leadership Awards ceremony

African American Heritage Leadership Awards ceremony

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) honored African American leaders from Alameda and Santa Clara counties at his 2nd Annual African American Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the South Bay Community Church, 47385 Warm Springs Boulevard, Fremont.

"I am honoring four leaders from the 25th Assembly District whose leadership and community service stretch over decades and who continue to have a positive influence in our area, today," Wieckowski said. "Each of these leaders has a strong commitment to education and helping families and children in their communities."

Wieckowski is honoring Rev. Horacio Jones of the Family Bible Fellowship in Newark; Jean Ficklin, founder of the Afro-American Cultural and Historical Society; Rev. Jethroe Moore, president of the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP; and Will Ector, superintendent of the Berryessa Union School District.

Ficklin was one of the first African American teachers in the Newark Unified School District and has helped create programs celebrating diversity and social equality. Rev. Jones began his work in the ministry at the age of 21. He mentors other pastors and church leaders on a variety of subjects, including ministry growth and expansion.

In addition to his work with the NAACP, Rev. Moore is also past Co-Chair of the Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet in Santa Clara County and served on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Redistricting Advisory Committee.

Superintendent Ector joined Berryessa after working over three decades in the Evergreen School District in San Jose, where he worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of human resources.

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