Congratulatory Announcements 

January 2022

New York Theological Seminary Welcomes Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant and Bishop John Richard Bryant as New Adjunct Faculty members.

This Course will be Virtual!


Bishop David Rwhynica Daniels, Jr. and Supervisor Irene M Daniels’ youngest daughter, Iesha M. Daniels was elected as the 83rd Miss Howard University 


In Fall 2021, Bishop David Rwhynica Daniels, Jr.  and Supervisor Irene M Daniels’ youngest daughter, Iesha MArdea Daniels was elected as the 83rd Miss Howard University. She is a Senior Acting Major, Playwriting Minor. She is a proud member of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Iesha loves to make people laugh, meet new people, and artistically collaborate. She was an actress, assistant director, and writer for the Tony Award-Winning Theater, Arena Stage. She has also performed at Howard University as Guhahamuka in Children of Killers by Katori Hall. Iesha's ultimate goal is to become an actress, director, and social impact producer where she aims to dismantle the negative stereotypes of black women in the entertainment industry, especially colorism. She is currently an intern at Jordan Peele’s Academy Award-winning film company Monkeypaw Productions. Iesha is proud to be a 2021 Graduate of the Academy Gold Rising program hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

Iesha is also passionate about her Howard community. She was the 2018 - 2019 Miss Freshman and the 2020-2021 Miss College of Arts and Science. For her current role as Miss Howard University, she ran on the platform, “It’s Giving!”, which highlighted inclusivity and connectivity as Howard University readjusted having its first year back on campus after 3 virtual semesters. This past semester Iesha has had the opportunity to host many events on campus: She partnered with UGG and @winxlex to educate on sustainable fashion and gave out over $500 worth of free UGG merchandise. She partnered with @HBCUBuzz to host conversations around new upcoming films and series that highlight Black art: Horror Noire on AMC or Amazon Prime Video and the reboot of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on Peacock. She was a student ambassador for Chase Bank and Kevin Hart’s financial literacy workshops on campus for young Black artists and investors. She has also partnered with the National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda to give out free menstrual products to students on campus and to educate them about menstruation as a means to destigmatize periods. Lastly, Iesha and her Mister Howard University, Ro, threw a holiday film screening on The Yard and served hot chocolate as their final send-off before winter break commenced. 

 Iesha is blessed to be in this role. She is excited to finish as strongly as she started, and even more excited to launch her postgrad career in Los Angeles, CA.



Detroit native Jamal Simmons (AME PK) hired as communications director for Vice President Kamala Harris –

The Reverend Larry Harris is pleased to announce that his son, Jamal Simmons has been appointed to serve as Vice President Kamala Harris’ Communications Director. Jamal Simmons is a member of both Baber Memorial AME in Detroit where Reverend Simon serves as Pastor, and Metropolitan AME in Washington DC.

Jamal has worked on a number of presidential campaigns, including those of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, and he was an adviser to the Democratic National Committee for the 2008 race. He also has appeared on Hill.TV and NPR’s Hear and Now and was founding editor of The Beat DC and hosted their weekly podcast. He has a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and a master’s in public policy degree from Harvard University.

A Detroit, Michigan, native, he arrived in Harris's office with decades of political communications and campaign experience, including on former President Bill Clinton's traveling press team during his 1992 presidential campaign and as deputy communications director for Al Gore's presidential campaign.

News link:

Please keep Jamal lifted in prayer.

Congratulatory messages can be email to proud father, Rev Larry l Simmons Sr., of Pastor:


The Reverend Veda Stewart Pastor of Barnes Temple AME Church, Elsmere KY successfully defended her dissertation


The Reverend Veda Stewart, Pastor of Barnes Temple AME Church, Elsmere, KY, successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Special Considerations Process in Gifted Identification: Increasing Access and Equitable Practices for Underrepresented Population in an Urban School District” and now holds a EdD in Educational Policy and Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.

Congratulatory Messages may be sent to: Dr. Veda Stewart at

Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, Presiding Prelate, Thirteenth Episcopal District; President, Council of Bishops AME Church

Mr. Ainsley M. Byfield, Episcopal Supervisor

Submitted By: 
Presiding Elder William Hale 
Commonwealth District

On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, and  Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director/ Consultant  Social Action Commission, we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of these significant milestones. 


Ora L. Easley,

International Administrator