Broward County

Four African-American leaders to be recognized in Broward

Four community leaders will be recognized Wednesday for their contributions to education, art and culture, business and public service at the 23rd annual African-American Achievers award ceremony.

The event, sponsored by JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus, will be held at 6:15 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd.

A $10,000 donation will be made in each of the four honorees names to the charities of his or her choice.

The 2015 honorees are:

▪ Rodney Baltimore, a veteran of the radio industry, will receive the community service award for using the airwaves to educate the community on events and available resources. Baltimore is also involved in several community organizations that provide family services and hunger relief.

▪ Barrington Irving, the youngest and first African American to fly solo around the word, will receive the education recognition for teaching children about aviation and science. Barrington created a nonprofit organization and established the Build and Soar program so that students from F-rated schools could construct an airplane from the ground up.

▪ The Business and Entrepreneur recipient is Lou Ella Jordan, who began several decades ago with a neighborhood grocery and now leads a company, along with her daughter, providing concessions in several airports. Jordan also supports the development of minority entrepreneurs and works with underprivileged girls.

▪ Melton Mustafa, the Arts and Culture honoree, is an accomplished musician and composer. He has traveled around the world performing for acts including Count Basie Orchestra and Duke Ellington Orchestra. Mustafa also serves as the director of jazz studies and an associate professor at Florida Memorial University.

For information or to RSVP call 866-516-2497 or visit to RSVP online.