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Let Us Make Man 2023 Scholarship Gala


Let Us Make Man 2023 Scholarship Gala

ATLANTA – May 2, 2023 – Let Us Make Man announces Heroic student, Bryce Brooks, and coach, Charles “Chuck” Johnson, will posthumously be honored at the 5th annual Scholarship and Awards Gala, Thursday, May 4 at 6pm at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center, Atlanta, Ga, 30037. In addition to awarding scholarships to 46 African American high school male seniors, the organization will be recognizing servant leaders for their outstanding contributions to the community.

The C.T. Vivian Award of Courage will be awarded posthumously to Maynard Jackson Coach Charles “Chuck” Johnson and student Bryce Brooks. Bryce and Coach Charles “Chuck” Johnson lost their lives displaying an act of heroism. Both drowned trying to save children who appeared to be drowning off the coast of Pensacola, Florida– on April 6, 2023. Their families will be present to receive the awards on their behalf.

Business trailblazer and political influencer Mike Ross of MHR International and Political Activist and Organizer, Able Mable Thomas will receive LUMM’s Lifetime Achievement Award. African-centered educators, Tashiya Umoja M’kanga and Aynda Jackson will receive the Legacy Keeper Award. Community Organizer, Vanessa Manley will receive the inaugural Michael Langford Community Service Award.

Dr. Greg Carr, Professor at Howard University, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Greg Carr is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Adjunct Faculty at the Howard School of Law. He holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University and a JD from the Ohio State University College of Law.  

The LUMM Master of Ceremony is Big Tigger of V-103. In addition to hosting the morning show on V-103 (WVEE-FM), Tigger is also the in-game announcer for the Atlanta Hawks. Tigger is well known as the face of the longest running, nationally televised hip-hop show on BET — Rap City: Tha Basement and hit show 106&Park.

The featured musical guest will be Steve “Left Hand” Lewis. The Black Man Lab’s Young Creators will also have a special performance. Music will be provided by Naka “The Ear Doctor”.

This year’s Host Gala Committee includes Attorney Michael Tyler, partner Kilpatrick Townsend; Attorney and Doctor, Rod Edmond, founding partner, Edmond Lindsay LLP; Trial Attorney Extraordinaire, Miguel Dominguez; Morehouse Alumni National President, Javarro EdwardsDebra DeBerry, Clerk of Superior Court, DeKalb County; Former State Senator, Vincent Fort; Radio Personality and Former Atlanta City Councilman, Derrick Boazman; Founder of JustEldredge Media, Eldredge WashingtonAttorney Brian Granville, Founder of the Granville Group; Attorney Robert Bozeman, Managing Partner of Davis Bozeman Law; and John Bey, Founder of Bey and Associates.

“Our 2023 honorees exemplify courage, love, and a deep concern for our community. They are heroes and sheroes whom we want our scholarship recipients to emulate.” — Derrick BoazmanConvenerand Co-Founder Let Us Make Man. 

“We will not only invest in our young people with scholarship money; we will also allow them to see and feel the power of our love for them. We want the awardees and scholarship recipients to know how grateful we are for them as a community.”– Attorney Mawuli Davis, LUMM Gala Chairman.

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Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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