Seven women who have distinguished themselves in fields ranging from cultural arts to community service were honored when Colorado Black Women for Political Action hosted its 35th Tribute to Black Women Luncheon.
From 50-plus nominations, 21 finalists were selected. The seven winners were determined by a panel that evaluated answers each finalist gave to a set of five wide-ranging questions.
The award for business went to Rose Andom, a cancer survivor and vice president of the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association, whose $1 million gift is helping to create the Rose Andom Center for victims of domestic violence.
Sharon Ruth Bailey, a graduate of Princeton University, received the community service award. Bailey, who earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, is a former member of the Denver School Board and now is the director of policy and research in the Denver Auditor’s office.
Recognition for achievements in education went to Rosemarie Allen, a professor of early childhood education at Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado Denver.
Leslie Herod, a member of the state Commission of Judicial Performance who had also been a policy adviser for former Gov. Bill Ritter, received the award for achievements in politics.
The nod for achievement in the cultural arts went to Deborah Walker, host of KUVO radio’s Gospel Train, while Howard University student Lisa Napper was named outstanding youth. A 2013 graduate of Range-view High School in Aurora, Colorado, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and president of the Diversity Student Alliance, Napper also was a summer intern for the ACLU.
The Legend Award went to Jane Pigford, a retired Denver Public Schools principal who has served as a mentor for apprentice teachers at the Center for Urban Education since its start in 2000.
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