PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY | A New Jersey–based collaborative project called the Nubian Union wants to change minds. Literally.

How? On November 23, 2015, the non-profit Unity Missionary Investors — in collaboration with its sister 501(c)(3) organization The Nubian Cultural Center for Research & Development — will confer Nubian Union Legend Awards for Outstanding Leadership to 5 individuals. A majority of them are doctors who see patients with head injury.

They will be honored at the Nubian Union’s Chasing Stars Holiday Gala slated for Monday evening, November 23, 2015 at 6:30 PM at The Alger House, 45 Downing Street, Greenwich Village, New York.

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Father Steve Giorno receives first Nubian Union Legend Award

In other words, it’s a fundraiser with dinner included. This is a community-led effort to raise funds to help give medical and psychiatric care to young minority men with head injuries and TBI (traumatic brain injury).

In recent years, bias-related crimes have surged 30% across NY State against people of color, ethnic minorities and LGBT people — a great number of them have been young people of color and gay men.

Who are these 5 new Nubians? They are:

  • Dr. William Gibbs, Chief of Service of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn;
  • China Flowers, fashion and media specialist (not pictured);
  • Prof. Richard Alston, renowned concert pianist;
  • Nadege Dady, Dean of Student Affairs at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Harlem; and
  • I am the fifth honoree.

What makes these honorees Nubian? According to Clark Everson of Unity Missionary Investors, these people “exemplify unconditional sacrifice and service to the communities that they serve, and they stand as icons of stewardship to everyone.”

Dr. Martin Levine, associate dean for educational development at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, will give the keynote address. Perhaps he can enlighten us on the Nubian-ness of it all.

2015 Nubian Legend Awards honorees
2015 Nubian Legend Awards honorees

What is the NubianUnion?

It is a collaboration between two nonprofit entities. Based in New Jersey, the Nubian Union offers a powerful stimulus to community empowerment to economically challenged urban areas. Through activities and programs that provide healthcare, education, lifestyles, economics and more, they promote racial and ethnic harmony through education.

Unity Missionary Investors empowers communities, especially those that are economically challenged, with the tools and programs that will give them sustainable life.

The Nubian Cultural Center for Research & Development promotes racial and ethnic harmony through cultural exchange and education. The center is a multigenerational program dedicated to exploring, researching and generating programs that expose the best of the many cultures within a given community to the public.

The mission of Chasing Stars Holiday Gala?

Proceeds for Chasing Stars Holiday Gala will benefit The Anthony Fund, a nonprofit advocacy program created by Unity Missionary Investors to bring awareness to the increasing numbers of young minority men suffering from head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

The Anthony Fund helps to fund medical programs that are established to understand and reduce the instances of head injuries and TBI.

The fund provides young black men who have survived a traumatic brain injury the opportunity to access the brain injury related services and supports they need to live in the community. The Fund purchases supports and services to foster independence and maximize quality of life when insurance, personal resources, and/or public programs are unavailable to meet those needs. A portion of the Fund also is used to support public education, outreach, and prevention activities related to TBI.

To qualify, an individual must have an acquired brain injury; defined as an injury to the brain caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury/neuro-trauma that disrupts the normal brain function, where continued impairment can be demonstrated. This definition does not include dysfunction caused by congenital or degenerative disorders, birth trauma, or injuries caused by other circumstances.

WHEN YOU GO

All tickets for the gala evening are $130.00 per person and may be purchased in advance by calling 908-884-8430 — or online through NubianUnion’s website at http://www.nubianunion.net.

Tickets may also be secured through Eventbrite (online sales include a $5.00 transaction fee per ticket). Checks and credit cards are welcome. Seats are limited, and we urge the public to reserve early.

Advertising may be purchased for the journal and/or the website by calling 908-884-8430 or emailing: nubiancenter@hotmail.com

Can’t attend? Donate via Nubian Union (nubianunion.net). Contact Clark Everson of Unity Missionary Investors at (908) 884-8430 or via email nubiancenter@hotmail.com.

 

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