The inaugural Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards will be held this Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Floreano Riverside Convention Center in Rochester.
Jermayne Myers, the President of Rochester Black Men Achieve, discussed the idea behind the awards gala Tuesday during News 8 at Sunrise.
“This is our first time, and it’s long overdue,” Myers said. “The Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards is a set of awards that are given to black men and young boys, as well as organizations that are out there serving our community, boots on the ground level. So we really want to have the opportunity to award these individuals and present them with awards as a thank you for helping our community.”
Myers said a total of 26 awards will be presented Saturday evening. “It’s sort of like the Oscars! Two of our biggest awards for the evening are the Future Man of the Year, which is for the younger adults, and Man of the Year. Those are our two biggest awards, and we have a special presentation of that award to those individuals. The Man of the Year is someone who has been on the grind in our community, every day throughout the whole year, just busting their butts to serve our community unselfishly, and it’s the same for the Future Man of the Year Award.”
The awards gala is also meant to spur others to action. “I really want to inspire other men in our community to do better, and at the same time applaud the men in our community who are out there helping everybody, whether it’s mentoring, whether it’s humanitarian efforts, whether it’s philanthropy, community involvement,” Myers said. “So we just want to applaud them on a grand scale.”
Those who have blazed a trail in our community and are no longer with us will be recognized as well. “This part of the awards ceremony is actually dear to me because each time we practice it brings tears,” Myers revealed. “So some of the individuals that we are going to recognize is former Deputy Mayor Len Redon, Bishop Parris who passed away, Hosea Taylor, Joe Brown, the list goes on, Judge Roy King who just recently passed away. So we have a special tribute to those individuals in honor of them.”
To see a list of the honorees for the Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards and to purchase your tickets, click here.