City Of Atlanta Ethics Officer Nina Hickson is Today’s Honoree

NinaHicksonNINA R. HICKSON is the Ethics Officer.  Ms. Hickson provides leadership and direction for the administration in the areas of advice, training, public education and outreach, financial disclosure, and enforcement process. She has over 20 years experience in the legal field, including private practice, in house counseling, and governmental experience.

As the former City Attorney for the City of East Point, Ms. Hickson was responsible for a three million budget and had legal oversight and overview of the city’s activities; she also served as Interim Human Resources Director and Acting City Manager, performing the duties of General Counsel and successfully representing the City on various legal matters.

Prior to that, Ms. Hickson was the Presiding Judge for the Juvenile Court of Fulton County for several years where she handled the largest caseload in the State of Georgia, initiated a pilot adoption program which brought National Adoption Day to the State of Georgia, and brought a one million grant to the Juvenile Court to address the exploitation of children in Georgia.

Her community involvement is widespread, and she has received several awards for her commitment to child and human rights advocacy. Ms. Hickson has made several noteworthy television appearances including 20/20 Primetime and the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Ms. Hickson is barred in Georgia.

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Northern Illinois University Associate Athletics Director Monique Bernoudy is Today’s Honoree

MoniqueBMonique Bernoudy enters her eighth year as Northern Illinois Associate Athletics Director and Director of NIU’s CHAMPS / Life Skills Programs and 16th year overall on the DeKalb campus.

Bernoudy is the life skill and community service liaison for Huskie Athletics, within the campus and community, while overseeing the support services program for student-athletes. She was previously responsible for the student-athlete academic programs, and developed a continuing education program for Huskie athletic staff and coaches. Bernoudy is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at NIU.

This is Bernoudy’s second stint at NIU, as the Detroit, Michigan native served as an Assistant Director of Admissions from 1984-86 and an Academic Counselor in the College of Business from 1987-1992, while earning her masters degree in adult education.

Prior to her return to DeKalb, Bernoudy was the Director of Diversity Affairs at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business from 1996-99. While in Hyde Park, Bernoudy assisted with the recruitment and retention of under-represented candidates for MBA and Ph.D. degrees and served as a liaison for corporate relations and student support services.

Following her first tour of NIU, Bernoudy was the Director of Multicultural Programs at Valparaiso University. She collaboratively developed university Diversity and strategic plans.

Bernoudy, a 1983 graduate of Spelman College, played two years of collegiate basketball and lettered for the University of Michigan from 1978-80.

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Leisa Dewy of Don’t Bully is Today’s Honoree

bulliesLeisa Dewy founded Don’t Bully to raise awareness about the issue of bullying and to campaign for putting in strategies to prevent bullying.

Don’t Bully® is passionate about getting its core message out in to the greater community. We believe that through awareness and education we can and will make a difference.

Anti bullying is our passion, not our pastime. Our goal is to educate this generation so future generations learn and know that it is not ok to bully.

Don’t Bully is a Registered Not4Profit.

HOW DOES DON’T BULLY® MAKES A DIFFERENCE?

• By generating awareness, opening discussions, evaluating current mindsets and attitudes towards bullying.
• Our aim is to address bullying and cyber bullying head on by promoting safe and responsible behavior within the Community and on-line. Don’t Bully® takes its awareness educational program into;

o Schools,
o after-school programs,
o sporting clubs,
o workplaces,

Basically anywhere bullying has an impact with our society. And of course our Mascot-“Bob” the Bull can also be there upon request.

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Attorney Antavius Weems is Today’s Honoree

antavius-suitBefore working with Fulton County, Antavius Weems was an attorney with the City of Atlanta, representing the City in criminal preliminary hearings and trials. Mr. Weems also served as the liaison from the City Solicitor to the State Legislature, focusing on legislation that impacts the City’s legal standing in the criminal area.

Antavius is from Atlanta, Georgia, having graduated from G. W. Carver High School in Southeast Atlanta. He remains very active in his community, serving on several community boards and as the current President of his Homeowner’s Association.

Mr. Weems is very active in the Georgia Bar; He has served on the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, as Co-Chair of the YLD Judicial Liaison Committee of the State Bar of Georgia, Co-Chair of the Aspiring Youth Program of the State Bar, Co-Chair of the Judicial Liaison committee of the YLD/State Bar, as well as a Vice President of Gate City Bar Association, and member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Minorities in the Profession Committee of the YLD section of the State Bar of Georgia, and the Atlanta Bar Association.

Currently Mr. Weems serves as the ninth President of the Georgia Alliance of African American Attorneys, which is a statewide Bar Association for minority lawyers in Georgia. He is also Board President of Keeping My Kids, Inc, and serves on the Board of People TV Atlanta.

While a student at Michigan State University School of Law, Mr. Weems served as the President of the Wolverine Student Bar Association/Black Law Student Association. In his term as President, he was very instrumental in re-establishing the connection with African American alumni of the school after the school moved from Detroit to East Lansing, by beginning the African American Alumni reception to honor alumni of the school.

It remains one of the more popular events for the law school. Mr. Weems also spearheaded a very successful fund-raiser, dubbed “Rumble in the Jungle,” wherein Law Professors competed against each other in a “moot-court” style competition that was judged by students. After his presidency, Mr. Weems went on to be elected as Vice Chair of the Midwest Region of the National Black Law Students Association, which is the largest region for the organization.

Mr. Weems graduated from Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law in June 2001, having received numerous awards, including the Wolverine Bar Association Award, the Judge Damon Keith Award from the Wolverine Bar Association and the Lansing Black Lawyers Scholarship. Antavius was also a member of the ATLA Civil Trial Advocacy Moot Court Board

Mr. Weems earned his B.A. from Clark Atlanta University in 1995 and also earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social work at Clark Atlanta University in 1998.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • President, Georgia Alliance of African American Attorneys
  • 2004-2005 Executive Board, State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division
  • National Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

Recognition

  • One of Georgia’s “Super Lawyers”, 2005 Atlanta Magazine
  • 2005 “Rising Star” Top 40 Lawyers under 40, Fulton County Daily Report

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Entertainer Ozone Mayweather is Today’s Honoree

Ozone

Ozone Mayweather aka 02DaZoneBabie is a 24 year old Senior Criminal Justice Major at Fort Valley State University. Ozone is originally from Buena Vista, GA who is an inspiring music artist who has been rapping for over a decade now. OM is a two time B.E.T. Black College Tour Freestyle Champ at Fort Valley State Univeristy.

“Ozone Mayweather” has a mixtape on Livemixtapes right now and his hit single “All I Want” is on Itunes & Amazon.com.

The pursuit of success has put Ozone in position to open up for multiple celebrities such as 2 Chainz, Pastor Troy, Rich Kidz, Stuey Rock, and Oj The Juice Man.

The goal of this future star after graduation is to find a job in the criminal justice field and use that opportunity to further his career in music.

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Tricia Norman of Rebecca’s Stand Against Bullying is Today’s Honoree

ReeccaTricia Norman is Rebecca Sedwick’s Mom.

As you know, my daughter tragically lost her life due to bullying, in person, online and social media apps. We, here at Rebecca’s Stand Against Bullying, have made it our crusade to raise awareness to the matters of depression, bullying and suicide and the consequences due to these serious matters. We are also here to push our legal system and make changes to the law so that any person(s), entities or groups can be held accountable for their actions.

There are several Rebecca Sedwick groups and/or pages, to which I do not know who are managing them. The only other page that has my permission, as her sole legal guardian and personal representative, is In Memory of Rebecca Ann-Stop Bullying for Good. That page is managed by her Grandmother (my Mom) and focuses mainly on the petition for Rebecca’s Law. Please be careful with others claiming to do be raising money or collecting donations in Rebecca’s name for ANY reason unless it comes from this page or my personal page. If you have any questions, please message me directly tweetybrat71@yahoo.com

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Imam Makram El-Amin is Today’s Honoree

Imam Makram El-Amin’s commitment to service and civic leadership has made him a pillar in the Minneapolis community. As imam of the historical Masjid An-Nur, he’s led a growing, culturally diverse congregation in his hometown to the forefront of interfaith dialogue and neighborhood outreach.

For the past 15 years, Imam El-Amin’s work as a religious and community leader has been firmly rooted in the principle of our inherent human dignity. In addition to his weekly teaching duties, Imam El-Amin has led the masjid’s numerous community service initiatives, including Al Maa’uun Neighborly Needs Community Outreach program, feeding more than 300 families monthly since 1997.

Along with his congregation, he helped raise more than $1 million for the initial phase of the masjid’s recent expansion, with future plans to house classrooms, a library and social services center. He’s done so by garnering support for the masjid’s efforts not only from the local Muslim community, but from some of Minnesota’s most prominent religious, social and corporate institutions.

Student of the late religious leader and scholar Imam W. Deen Mohammed, his thoughtful and moderate approach to Islam has afforded Imam El-Amin opportunities to share the stage with Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. He was a delegate to an historic interfaith event in Rome with Pope John Paul II and member of an interfaith clergy delegation to the Holy Land.

As advisor to Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, Imam El-Amin has counseled Ellison on religious issues and accompanied him on international trade trips. The relationship has led to The New York Times writing an article on Imam El-Amin, tagging him the ‘congressman’s imam’ and emerging voice for religious tolerance and Muslim participation in the public square.

A frequent lecturer on Islam, he has represented Muslim Americans in the United Kingdom, Turkey and the Middle East. He is a member of the Minneapolis Downtown Clergy and serves on the advisory board of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas.

When not leading his congregation, Imam El-Amin continues to serve by helping mentor adult men transitioning from prison into the workforce. In his role at The Network for Better Futures, he plays life coach to hundreds of men improving their lives through education and employment.

In addition, he helps operate his family’s restaurant, a popular fish house in the masjid’s bustling North Minneapolis neighborhood. Through the resources of Al-Maa’uun, he and his team recently organized area Muslims to help feed more than 1,000 residents impacted by a local tornado. Imam El-Amin’s effort to improve the lives of others – through religious discourse or social entrepreneurship – has earned him the reputation for reaching across his city’s racial and denominational divide.

In 2014 Imam El-Amin was named a Bush Foundation Fellow; and received an appointment as Chaplain to the Minneapolis Police Department.

Imam El-Amin is the second of five children. He’s been married 18 years to his wife, Sharon, and they have three children, Raheema, Malik and Nasir.

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