Feature Photos by Bruce Adler
Honorees at the event included (l. to r.) Phil Andrews, Colby Christina, Michelle Stoddart, Kristel Johnson, Patrick B. Jenkins and Courtney Ffrench.
BY NATHAN DUKE
The Queens Tribune and PRESS of Southeast Queens honored seven individuals for their work with the southeast Queens community during the papers’ fourth annual Black History Month event on Tuesday.
More than 300 people packed into Jamaica’s Greater Allen AME Church of New York for the event, where guest speakers included city Police Commissioner James O’Neill and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
This year’s honorees included York College President Marcia Keizs, Resorts World Casino public relations director Michelle Stoddart, NYPD Patrol Borough Queens South Deputy Chief Kristel Johnson, Jamaica Performing Arts Center general manager Courtney Ffrench, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce President Phil Andrews, actress and TV show host Colby Christina and Patrick B. Jenkins, a partner at Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates. The event’s theme was “Ambassadors for Change.”