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Councilman and financial expert are Black History Month honorees at Restoration Plaza • Brooklyn Paper

Councilman and financial expert are Black History Month honorees at Restoration Plaza

Brooklyn’s ambassador: Borough President Adams speaks to the assemblage during a Black History Month tribute, presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza.
Photo by William Farrington

Two notable African Americans were hailed for their distinguished contributions to the community, when the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce held its annual Black History Month celebration in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Councilman Jumaane Williams (D–East Flatbush), new chairman of the city’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, and Kenneth Marable, a financial contultant and life underwriter training council Fellow for AXA Advisors, received the honors during a Feb. 27 tribute at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, led by Chamber President Carlo Scissura.

Winning pair: Honorees Kenneth Marable and Councilman Jumaane Williams share the spotlight while displaying their Chamber awards. Williams also presented Marable a Council citation for his community work with the group Diversity, Awareness, Initiative for Students.
Photo by William Farrington

Williams, a first-generation Brooklynite of West Indian descent, is a national advocate for stop-and-frisk reform, and other police practices to improve cop-community relations and public safety.

Marable, a 20-year financial industry veteran previously with Goldman Sachs, is a member of the Association of Fundraising professionals, the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, among other organizations.

Top triumvirate: Right, honoree Kwayera Archer-Cunningham of Ifetayo Cultural Academy receives her award from, left, Chamber president and CEO Carlo Scissura, and Juliet Lewis, a representative for Consolidated-Edison and co-chairwoman of the Chamber’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Committee.
Photo by William Farrington

Scissura also presented a special recognition award to Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, founding president and chief executive officer of Ifetayo Cultural Academy, an arts and cultural organization which provided the entertainment.

Men of the hour: Right, Ralph D’Onofrio, vice president of advertising at Community Newspaper Group, joins, left, Rick Russo, the Chamber’s senior vice president, and Gil Cygler, president and CEO of AllCar Rent-A-Car and a Chamber member.
Photo by William Farrington

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