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TAAAA 2002 inductees



Published: Mon, February 18, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Trumbull African American Achievers Association's Hall of Fame banquet will be at 6 p.m. Saturday in Sorrento's Banquet Hall. Inductees are:

Korey Stringer: Pro Bowl offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings; died of heatstroke during the preseason in August. He was 27. Stringer stayed close with his hometown of Warren, where he supported youth sports programs, the Rebecca Williams Community Center and other organizations. He donated his Pro Bowl check a few years ago to Warren Little Raiders football and was named an All-American while at Harding High School.

Kylia Cunningham: Harding student who is on the track and cross-country teams and belongs to organizations including drama, Upward Bound, Project Read Aloud, SADD, Science Club, Interact, Peer Mediation and the Superintendent's Advisory Council. She is a member of Second Baptist Church where she teaches children and participates in the choir. She is president of the local chapter of the youth National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Maj. Robert Davis Sr.: Works for the Trumbull County Sheriff's Office, where he is head of the uniform division. He is a member of the NAACP, Tri-County Board of Trustees, Grace AME Church, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 137 and Warren Traveler's Golf Club. He graduated from Harding in 1958 and attended Youngstown State University and Cleveland Community College before joining the sheriff's office in 1973.

Robert Saffold: Warren native who now lives in Shaker Heights and was the city's first black firefighter. He has worked in real estate, life insurance, marketing and public relations, and now owns Saffold Companies Inc., which specializes in wholesale distribution and construction management. His associations have included the International Boxing Hall of Fame, United Pastors in Mission, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, Boy Scouts and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. He is a former Youngstown Golden Gloves middleweight champion.

Orneil Heller: Warren firefighter who was promoted Sept. 7, becoming the department's first black captain. He graduated with honors from Warren Western Reserve High School and attended YSU before joining the Army as a medical specialist. While stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, he received the prestigious Expert Field Medical Badge. He is a single parent raising four children and is associate pastor at New Jerusalem Fellowship. He is also the dean of the church's Bible Institute, which he helped establish in 1995.

M. Mike McNair: Publisher of Youngstown's Buckeye Review newspaper, the only local black publication available weekly. He co-owns the paper with his wife, Linda, and is host of the daily urban talk show "The McNair Report." He has served on boards for the Youngstown Area Urban League, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club. He is treasurer of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and is a former Army captain and management analyst at the Air Defense Center in Fort Bliss, Texas.

Gale Johnson Holmes: President of 9 to 5, the local chapter of the National Association of Working Women, which provides information, resources and support to women experiencing discrimination or harassment in the workplace. She and members of 9 to 5 were invited to the White House to attend the U.S. Women's Bureau's 75th anniversary celebration in 1995. She has also lobbied on Capitol Hill for working women's rights and was chosen as a member of Lifetime TV's team of Every Woman Counts. She lost her job at CSC Ltd. in Champion when it closed and is studying sociology at YSU.

Maurice Clarett: A midyear graduate from Harding who is studying real estate management at The Ohio State University. He is a member of New Bethel Baptist Church and has received numerous athletic and academic awards. He came to Harding from Austintown Fitch as a sophomore and has participated in basketball and track as well. Awards include USA Today offensive player of the year for 2001 and U.S. Army All-American Team 2001.

Source: TAAAA




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