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Camillus Marks Black Culture by Recognizing Role of Women

Published Friday, March 30, 2012 5:00 pm



On March 30, 2012 Camillus House celebrated six icons in Miami’s Black community, strong purposeful women who have shaped and transmitted a rich cultural history. The event recognized the hard work and dedication of these outstanding African-American women who have made and continue to make a positive effect on the Miami Dade Community.

The reception and award ceremony took place at the new Norwegian Cruise Line campus of Camillus House, 1603 N.W. 7th Avenue in Miami.

Honorees included: Hon. Shirley Gibson, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens, for her role in shaping government in Miami Dade County; Thelma Gibson, for her groundbreaking contributions to healthcare; Gepsie Metellus, for her work in serving the Haitian community; Christine Mims, “Momma Mims,” for her commitment to well-being of children and families; Beverly Parker for her generous financial contributions to those less fortunate; and Carole Ann Taylor for her professional successes in retail and business.


“We are delighted to celebrate the role of Black women in the cross-generational transfer of Black culture. By the term ‘culture,’ I am referring to a set of Commonly held meanings that are Universal to the group, that are both Learned and taught, and which Transform and regulate the understandings, relationships and expectations of group members,” said Camillus House President & CEO Paul R. Ahr, PhD.

“What is most impressive about the contributions of these six women is that through their achievements and example they have transmitted the essential values and standards inherent in African American culture — that is, the commonly held meanings that are universal to the African American community — relevant to the fields of government and politics, health care and social service family life, philanthropy, arts and culture and business, both to the young people of their own community, as well as to the overall community,” Dr. Ahr added.

Crystal Connor, Esq., Secretary of the Camillus House Board of Directors, who served as Chairman of the event, said: “Throughout South Florida, the extraordinary contributions of African-American women continue to be the backbone and sustenance of families, institutions and organizations in the Black community, often having to confront and overcome double oppression — racism and sexism.”


Left to right: Shelley Ransom, accepting on behalf of Mayor Shirley Gibson; Carole Ann Taylor, Thelma Gibson, Christine Mims, Gepsie Metellus and Beverly Parker.

Camillus House serves a largely African-American population and has seen firsthand the positive affects of these strong Black women. Each year we seek to chronicle and showcase various aspects of the rich African-American experience in Miami Dade County.

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Serving the South Florida community since 1960, Camillus House is a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian services to men, women and children who are poor and homeless.