1999-10-09 / Front Page

Assemblywoman Honors Trailblazers

Presenting the plaque (left to right) are Lovettte Glasgow, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks and Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings.

Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings wanted to do something special for exceptional members of the community.

It was her desire to show honor, respect and gratitude to those females who came before her, overcoming many obstacles, clearing the path for her to be elected in 1998 as our assemblywoman.

The setting was a private gallery in the Queens Museum of Art, in Flushing, overlooking the panorama of New York City. The Trailblazers met there for a brunch catered by Richard Allen Caterers. Surrounded by exquisite artwork, a very private observance took place.

The Trailblazers who received citations from the assemblywoman included Jackie Irvin, Helen Rausnitz, Bernice Vanager, Josie Dennis, Mae Thomas and Josephine Johnson.

The Mary Meeks Trailblazer plaque went to Lovette Glasgow. The plaque was inscribed: "In recognition of your tireless commitment to community service and your serving as a role model with dignity, integrity and tenacity. For your contributions to the struggle for all women."

On hand to present the award was Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, who is the son of the late Mary Meeks. Tearfully he related how much presenting this award meant to him. He reminisced about how he recalled Ms. Glasgow and his mother working on different projects together; always with children primary in all their accomplishments. "To all the Trailblazers, I salute you for being who you are and for what you have contribute," remarked Meeks.

After the ceremony they toured the gallery. Everyone’s favorites was the exhibition of Tiffany Lamps on display and the Panorama.


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