Inaugural Event is the cornerstone for the Black History Museum – Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley, CA (BlackNews.com) â€“ The Joyner/Payne Youth Services Agency, The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce, and the African American Community Service Agency have joined in a dynamic, collaborative vision to establish a Black History Museum in San Jose by the year 2020.
The purpose of this groundbreaking collaborative is to create an educational institution that will celebrate the genius and contributions of Black People throughout time, starting with Mother Africa, American History and ending with the Silicon Valley.
The Inaugural Black Legend Awards – Silicon Valley Ceremony, that will be held on September 12, 2015, at the Parkside Hall of the San Jose Convention Center, is the foundational event for the official launch of fundraising for The Black History Museum.
Nominations for honorees in the ten (10) categories for the 2015 Black Legend Awards – Silicon Valley have been received. The criteria for selection is someone who has made a significant contribution to the quality of life of Black People and to the general population of people who live in Silicon Valley; and who has provided those services for a minimum of ten (10) years.
During Black History Month through May 15, 2015, tickets to this Inaugural Event may be purchased at a discounted rate of $100 per ticket.
The ten categories are:
Art/Theater/Music Award – Awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves, had outstanding careers in music, art and theater (TV and Movies) and have used their influence to enhance the lives of people in the Black Community;
Business & Entrepreneur Award – Awarded to individuals who have been employed by Companies and Corporations and created successful businesses and/or services in the community and used their success to enhance the lives of people in the Black Community;
Community Service Award – Awarded to business people and volunteers who created and/or volunteered for non-profit agencies that provided essential services to enhance the quality of life for Black people in the community;
Education Award – Awarded to individuals who had outstanding careers as Teachers, Administrators and Policy Makers who made a significant impact regarding access to and quality of educational services to the community and who enhanced the lives of people in the Black Community;
Health & Medicine Award – Awarded to those Doctors, Nurses, and Health Practitioners who provided healthcare to people in the broader community and enhanced the lives of people in the Black Community;
Law & Justice Award – Awarded to those Lawyers, Judges and Legal Representatives who defended the law and the Constitution and enhanced the lives of people in the Black Community;
Public Service Award – Awarded to those Public Service Employees who provided for the health and safety of the broader community and enhanced the quality of life of people in the Black Community;
News & Documentary Award – Awarded to those Journalists, Historians, Photojournalists Documentarians, Editors and Community People who recorded local black community history & events, as well as the broader community and world events – those individuals who kept the community informed and documented significant events that have enhanced the quality of life in the Black Community;
Spiritual Award – Awarded to those members of the faith-based communities who have led Congregations and Mosques in prayer for peace and salvation and have enhanced the lives of people in the Black Community;
S.T.E.M. Award (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – Awarded to those individuals who helped produce, enhance and improve today’s social network and those who were instrumental in creating landmark changes in science and technology to enhance and improve the lives of the general public and the lives of people in the Black Community.
The names of the Black Pioneers nominated for the Black Legends Hall of Fame will be released at a later date.
To learn more about the Black Legend Awards, to purchase tickets, make a donation, or to be a sponsor of the Black Legend Awards – Silicon Valley Black-Tie/Red Carpet Ceremony on September 12, 2015, please call 408-320-2111, or visit www.blacklegendawards.org.