LIVING LEGENDS— The above photo consists of most of the 28 legends who attended the event, along with the people representing the few who could not attend. They are not in any order. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

A reception was held in celebration of the “28 Clairton Black Living Legends” book which was produced during Black History Month. Not only were 28 of Clairton’s greatest Black leaders selected, but a complete biography was recorded on each person for the book and a DVD. The sponsors were: Clairton Branch NAACP, CEDCC, R. Boston, World Logistics Inc., LONG Information Systems LLC., B. Brown, Esq., Col. Kenn Cook, Dr. R. Inzunaz of RIA International LTD, R. Ford, Morning Star Baptist Church of Clairton (MSBC), Shades of Purple Scholarship Tea, Herb Long, several other Clairton Churches, and other businesses to be announced later. The event was held at Ascension Hall in Clairton. The 28 people honored were: Odell Adams, Shaw Avenue Black Teacher/Principal; George Berry, author motivational speaker; Russell Boston, retired chemist/PPG; Cheryl Hurt Brooks, president CEDCC and activist; James Brown, gynecologist; Burrell Brown, chair of California State Business Dept.; Rev. William Callaway, pastor, Mt. Olive First Baptist for 51 years; Phillip Clifford, first Black H.S. male teacher/coach; Col. Kenneth Cook, colonel U.S. Army, pharmacist and teacher; Walter Cooper, scientist, philanthropist and educator; Arnold Everson, activist, HR manager and photographer; Richard Ford, electrician, councilman and deacon MSBC; Bishop James Foster, pastor, Trinity COGIC for 37 years; William Gadson, first Black Clairton fire chief; Michael Gressem, first Black Clairton chief of police; Walter Gressem, third shift manager, Fisher Body Plant; Ralph Hamlin, military career and minister; Marva Josie, legendary jazz vocalist; James Stewart Johnson, ABA Black professional basketball star; Joseph Johnson, Golden Gloves trainer and retired steel worker; Shirley Coon King, first Black female H.S. teacher and counselor; Louis LaMonte, president and owner of World Logistics Inc.; Alexander McLean, pastor, Gethsemane COGIC for 44 years; Damon Moore, state of Indiana first Black union president; Sharon Moore, PhD, professor social work, Louisville, Ky.; Janice Robinson, world acclaimed musician; Stacey Rogers, senior advisor to the deputy commissioner of Social Security under President Barack Obama; Bradley Scott, director, Education Intercultural Development Firm.



ORGANIZER—Pauline Long, organizer of the Clairton’s Living Legends.




HONOREE WITH FAMILY—Honoree retired Colonel U.S. Army Kenneth Earl Cook, third from left and in uniform, with his family at the dinner after the awards ceremony.



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