The Metro Birmingham Chapter of the NAACP will honor Bishop Harry L. Seawright as the Religious Leader of the Year on Sunday, December 3, 2017
Bishop Harry L. Seawright was elected and consecrated the 133rd bishop of the AME Church in July 2016, at the 50th Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He serves as Presiding Prelate of the 9th Episcopal District (the State of Alabama).
Bishop Seawright is married to the Reverend Sherita Moon Seawright who serves as Episcopal Supervisor of the 9th Episcopal District.
They are the parents of two adult children, Shari and Matthew, and the grandparents of one grandson, Cameron.
Bishop Harry L. Seawright was born in Swansea, SC, to the late Joe Nathan and Mary L. Seawright. As a fourth-generation AME, his faith was nurtured at Prodigal AME in Swansea, SC.
Bishop Seawright accepted his call to ministry in 1976. The late Bishop Frank M. Reid, II admitted him to the South Carolina Central Annual Conference in 1977. He was ordained as an Itinerant Deacon in the Washington Annual Conference in 1979 by the late Bishop Henry W. Murph and as an Itinerant Elder in 1981 by Bishop John Hurst Adams.
In 1978 Bishop Harry L. Seawright served as the Interim Pastor of St. Stephen AME Church, St. Matthews, SC and a staff minister at Reid Temple AME Church, Washington, DC. During 1978-81, he was the Assistant to the Pastor at Pilgrim AME Church, Washington, DC. His first pastoral appointment was to Payne Memorial AME Church, Jessup, MD where he served 1981-1983. For three years, 1983-1986, he served faithfully as the pastor of Hemingway Temple AME Church, in Washington, DC. In June 1986, he was assigned to Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Brandywine, MD. Bishop Seawright served Union Bethel longer than any other pastor in the church’s history.
In 1991, Bishop Seawright led Union Bethel in the construction of a $1.6 million sanctuary. Union Bethel has over 50 innovative ministries. More than 50 persons answered the call to ministry. In 2001, Union Bethel opened a satellite church in Temple Hills, MD, and Union Bethel North (previously known as Union Bethel Intergenerational Center, Inc. – IGC) was birthed. This second church location holds Sunday worship services, Church School, weekly Bible Study and Intercessory Prayer. This facility also features a banquet hall for special events; it is the former home of a Union Bethel non-profit’s certified HUD Housing Counseling Program office (which is now located in a professional building in Camp Springs, MD). For nine years, Union Bethel operated FOCUS (For Our Children’s Unity School) daycare and kindergarten. FOCUS students received a strong Christian and academic foundation. Union Bethel's ministries and services blessed thousands of people in the county annually. Bishop Seawright spent over 39 years in ministry, specializing in community leadership, church construction and development. He is a spiritual leader, entrepreneur, community leader, world traveler, author, loving husband, devoted father and grandfather.
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Episcopal Family Birth Announcement and General Officer Family Birth Announcement:
During this season of Thanksgiving, we joyfully announce the birth of two beautiful and healthy grandchildren. God is good! On October 25, 2017 at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Samuel Philip Allen Cousin was born at 6:09 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces. His proud parents are the Rev. Steven A. Cousin, Jr. and Dr. Christina Dickerson Cousin. Rev. Cousin is the pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church, New Haven, CT. Samuel is the grandson of Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson, Retired General Officer, and Mrs. Mary A. E. Dickerson; Rev. Steven A. Cousin, Sr., Pastor of Trinity A.M.E. Church, Kansas City, Kansas, and Mrs. Linda Cousin; and Mr. Lorenzo Henderson and Mrs. Sybil Henderson of Bristol, PA. Retired Bishop Philip R. and Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin are the proud great-grandparents.
In addition, Dr. and Mrs. Dickerson are pleased to announce the birth of a granddaughter, Yocelin Mariela Cordero on November 24, 2017 at St. Thomas Mid-Town Hospital, Nashville, TN. She was born at 3:46 p.m. and weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces. Her loving parents are Mr. Yosvany Cordero and Dr. Valerie Dickerson Cordero. Her paternal grandparents are Pablo and Estella Cordero of Guanajay, Cuba.
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Tennessee Tribune’s Couple of the Year
Dr. McDonald Williams and Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - By Tribune Staff
NASHVILLE, TN — The Tennessee Tribune has chosen to honor Dr. McDonald Williams and Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams as Couple of the Year, for their exceptional bond and accomplishments–as educators, civil rights activists, and religious leaders in the AME church. Dr. McDonald Williams celebrated his 100th birthday on November 13, and Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams will celebrate her 99th birthday on December 15!
The Williams were married in 1943, and are proud of their family: their daughter, Donna Williams; one grandson, and two great-granddaughters. They are certainly proud of their family, and also have reason to be proud of their amazing professional achievements.
The husband/wife team of Drs. McDonald Williams and Jamye Coleman Williams have a lifetime of service and activism, and are energetic forces in behalf of good.
Dr. McDonald Williams taught English at many colleges and universities for 46 years. Some believe his greatest contributions were during his three decades at Tennessee State University in Nashville, where he played a key role in the development and expansion of TSU’s Honors Program which he directed for 23 years.
What began as an Honors Program for freshman students, gradually added sophomore, then senior level work, evolving into a premier program at TSU to create a community of academically bright and talented students, serving as campus leaders and role models. Over 400 students were involved at the time of Dr. Williams’ retirement in 1988. In 1995 the honors center was named the McDonald Williams Honors Center. The goal today remains the creation of an Honors College.
In 2013, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, became the first female president of TSU. In her inaugural speech, she mentioned that she was a graduate of the Honors Program during Dr. Williams’ tenure, and credited him for helping to keep her in school—as he stood to a round of applause, she said he was among many people who gave her “roots and wings.”
And the Williams also have had a significant impact in religious circles. Dr. McDonald was a long-time member of St. John AME Church in Nashville, and the AME Church’s Commission on Higher Education. He was an Associate Editor of The AME Church Review, America’s oldest Black Journal. Both are current members of Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta.
In 1970, the Williams’ co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, The Negro Speaks: The Rhetoric of Contemporary Black Leaders, which was adopted as an approved text for schools in Tennessee.
Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams’ teaching career spans 50 years. She taught humanities to thousands of students at 5 HBCUs, 4 of which are AME colleges, and expresses pride in being “part of their educational experience.” She joined Tennessee State University’s faculty in 1959, where, in 1973, she became head of the Communications Department until her retirement in 1987. And because the AME church is one of the big forces in her life—her father and brother were AME ministers—she often speaks about the long history of this church and its unflagging activism against slavery and for higher education and economic justice over 200 years. Her students include women and men who later became notable in their fields—in science, the arts, law, government, college presidents, and 8 AME bishops!
Dr. Jamye Coleman was a delegate to the AME General Conference in 1964, and became a board member of the National Council of Churches in 1968. She was an alternate member of the AME Church’s Judicial Council, serving as president of the 13th District Lay Organization from 1977 until 1985. In 1984, she assumed editorship of the AME Church Review, and was the first woman elected as a major officer in the church’s 197-year existence—a position she held for eight years. She also helped other women smash barriers. Her husband, Dr. McDonald has proudly spoken of his wife’s “fierce advocacy for women in ministry, particularly in the bishopry.” Her efforts led to the election in the year 2000 of the first female bishop of the AME Church after 187 years: Vashti McKenzie!
The Williams’s have earned many citations and awards, among them the 2002 Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award by the Community Foundation.
They have been academics, but importantly they have been activists, too. They talked the talk, and walked the walk for civil rights, notably during the 1950-60s in Nashville, and the rising of violence under Jim Crow segregation and racial injustice.
For 40 years Mrs. Williams was on the Executive Committee of the NAACP (her husband McDonald was vice president), working with local youth councils in colleges, fighting injustice that threatened their own and others’ lives. She worked with well-known leaders, including Martin Luther King, John Lewis, James Lawson, and Thurgood Marshall—and others hardly known now.
In 1960, a racially motivated bombing in Nashville and threats of more, solidified the black community. Dr. Jamye has vividly described how the blast, felt several miles away, broke 140 windows at nearby Meharry Medical College (HBCU), injuring some students. A spontaneous silent protest march began at TSU with several hundred, growing to 3,000 with students in schools and colleges joining along the way, including Jamye Williams, her husband, and their daughter Donna. Later, Mrs. Williams was chosen as the only woman on an interracial, inter-religious council, to work on stopping a threatened racist march—which was successfully prohibited.
In 2016, Dr. Jayme Williams was invited by a former student, Dr. S. Allen Coulter, to address Harvard University’s Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. There, it was clear after all these years, that the Williams’ interest in fighting injustice isn’t over; and they continue to ask more from themselves and others. Jamye Williams urged students and faculty, so fortunate in their access to knowledge, to “combat the obstacles to parity in education for African Americans”–adding with great intensity that equality of educational opportunity is a crucial “avenue for all our youth [to] realize their dream and destiny” when “more of our young men are in prison than in college!”
While now residing in Atlanta, their many years in Nashville are fondly remembered. She comes back often for speaking engagements, most recently at Fisk University. Even in retirement and at ages where most folks would be content to sit back and relax, Mrs. Williams continues to be active on the lecture circuit and in the church.
At ages 100 and 99, they remain a powerful couple, continuing to positively affect generations.
Drs. MacDonald and Jamye Williams – Count your birthdays not by the years, but by the blessings. Count the friends, the accomplishments and the joys. Count the people who have come to admire and love you, and count The Tennessee Tribune in.
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General Officer Family Birthday Announcement:
McDonald Williams, Ph.D., husband of retired General Officer Jamye Coleman Williams, Ph.D. and grandfather of AME Church General Counsel Doug Selby celebrates his 100th Birthday on November 13, 2017.
A graduate of Penn State University and The Ohio State University, Dr. McDonald Williams taught English at various colleges and universities for forty-six years, and is credited for the development and expansion of the University Honors Program at Tennessee State University, which he directed for twenty-two years. For many years he served as a consultant to the General Board Commission on Higher Education. He has served on numerous civic boards in the state of Tennessee and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Boule.
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General Officer Family Announcement:
2018 Best Lawyer in America Recipient, Derek E. Bruce, the son of the late Dr. Yale Benjamin Bruce, Sr., former General Officer
Gunster Law, one of Florida's oldest and largest full-service law firm's Press Release announced that 66 of its attorneys have been selected for the 2018 Best Lawyers of America List. Inclusion in the 2018 edition was based on millions of evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.
Attorney Derek Eliott Bruce is a 2018 Best Lawyer of America recipient with Law Offices in Orlando and Tallahassee Florida respectively.
His law career started after immediately passing the Florida Bar in 1998 and was hired by Gray Harris Robinson Law Firm, Orlando, where he served his internship during his senior year. His knowledge and legal skills were noted throughout Central Florida and subsequently became Director, Government Relations for a Fortune 500 company, Walt Disney World.
The spirit of entrepreneurship became a reality when he started Edge Public Affairs. The firm flourished as he developed relationships with some of the states most influential decision makers and stakeholders in government.
Counsel Bruce and three other lawyers of Edge Public Affairs were asked to join Gunster Yoakley and Stewart Law Firm for a Central Florida presence. According to its website, " When a client's objective necessitates a fight, however, his focus is steadfast in that he takes a back seat to no one. His aggressive litigation approach was utilized in a case and the challenge ended up being dismissed in its entirety."
He has developed experience in numerous areas of law, ranging from the representation of clients in complex business litigations and property tax disputes, to the negotiation of large real estate transactions, governmental affairs and lobbying.
Attorney Bruce has received many accolades for his meaningful activism and visionary acumen. He was an Orlando Business Journal's "40 Under 40" recipient; Chaired, Orange County Rezoning Committee, University of Florida Board of Directors and the National Kidney Foundation Board Member.
Congratulations Derek Eliott Bruce, Esq., the Managerial Shareholder of the Orlando Office of GunsterLaw. You have rendered stellar leadership, exemplary legal expertise and community involvement in Florida and beyond.
His father, Dr. Yale Benjamin Bruce, Sr. attended his dual graduation; Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Florida, May 1998. His father's presence will always be with him. He is a member of Mt. Olive AME Church, Orlando. His mother, Gloria Sykes Bruce, former Editor, 11th Episcopal District WMS Newsletter, North Orlando District Consultant, Central Conference DMC Commissioner and Media Specialist-Retired resides in the Second Episcopal District with membership at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, Columbia, Md. She serves actively with the Women's Missionary Society and the Media Ministry.