Camillus House honors role of Black women

caines | 4/12/2012, 5 a.m.

On Friday March 30th, Camillus House celebrated six iconic women from Miamis Black community who have shaped and transmitted a rich cultural history, at the very first event to happen at the newly-built Camillus House campus of Overtown on 7th Avenue. The event recognized the hard work and dedication of these outstanding Black women who have made and continue to make a positive effect on the Miami-Dade County community. The honorees included: Thelma Gibson for her groundbreaking contributions to healthcare: Gepsie Metellus for her work in serving the Haitian community; Christine Mims, known as Momma Mims, for her commitment to the well-being of children and families; Beverly Parker for her generous financial contributions to those less fortunate; Carole Ann Taylor for her professional successes in retail and business; and Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson for her role in shaping government in Miami-Dade County. Mayor Gibson was unable to accept the award as she had traveled to The White House for a private dinner with President Obama In her stead, the award was accepted by Shellie Ransom, building services director of the City of Miami Gardens. What is most impressive about the contributions of these six women is that through their achievements and example they have transmitted the essential values and standards inherent in African-American culture that is, the commonly held meanings that are universal to the African-American community relevant to the fields of government and politics, health care and social service family life, philanthropy, arts and culture and business, both to the young people of their own community, as well as to the overall community, said Camillus House President & CEO Paul Ahr Ph.D. Camillus House, a non-profit organization committed to serving Miamis homeless population.