Harambee Honors



The annual Harambee celebration honors and recognizes elders from our Arlington County neighborhoods for their contributions to their local African-American community. Beginning with its Swahili name, our Harambee Honors suggests the Kenyan tradition of "pulling together" through community development activities.

2012 awards will be presented the December 8 Harambee ceremony at 11 a.m. at Central Library. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on site. Non-perishable items will be collected to donate to Arlington Food Assistance Center. View the event flyer for more details (PDF).

Harambee CeremonyTo qualify, the individual must:

  1. Be at least 60 years of age
  2. Be African-American or of African descent
  3. Have lived or worked in Arlington for most of his/her adult life

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Dedication to community service
  2. Capacity as a role model or mentor
  3. Leadership skills
  4. Commitment to community and family

Past Honorees

Eunice Brown Cobb
Saundra Green
Willie Jackson-Baker
Roxie E. Johnson
Darnell Wise Lightbourn
Louise Hill McGregor
James (Doug) Pelham
Alfred O. Taylor
William Vollin
Mildred Jones
Elmer Lowe
Martha Mazyck
Barbara McDaniel
James Moore
Odell Perry
Fred Brooks
Alfred Forman
D. Melvin Green
Elmer "Top" Harris
Janie Key
Marian Lee
Frances Sellers
Ethel Spriggs
Owen Dunbar
Barbara Vaughan
Joan Henry
Milton Rowe
Jessie Hill
Betty Greene
Milton Nelson
Nolda Williams
Ben Scott
Callie Chandler
Delores Downing
Rosa Dunkley
Peter Jones
Velta Pelham
Dorothy Saunders
Virginia Slack
Myrtle Andrews
Mamie Feamster
Fannie McNeill
Margaret Richardson
Thelma Russell
Mary Stewart-Malcom
Selena Vaughan
Alice F. Williams
Mable Alston
Helen Gee
Ben Moody
Dorothy Robinson
Florence Ross
Ola Willoughby

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