Clearwater, Tampa and St. Petersburg Youth Honored for Bringing the True Meaning of Juneteenth to Their Communities

CLEARWATER, Fla., June 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Saturday, June 18th, United for Human Rights held its first annual Juneteenth Celebration and Awards Banquet for over 300 guests in the Church of Scientology’s Fort Harrison Auditorium. Three youth from each of Tampa Bay’s main cities were awarded the Juneteenth Youth Award for Excellence in Human Rights Achievement for their outstanding community work. The award winners were: Alexis Sealey from Tampa for her work with Project Link and disadvantaged families; Jabril Muhammad who spent over 1,000 hours throughout the year helping children in St. Petersburg; and Dyi-mond Johnson, well-known coach and mentor from Clearwater.

L to R: Award winners Dyi-mond Johnson, Hard2Guard coach and mentor and Alexis Sealey, Tampa’s Project Link youth; President of United for Human Rights Gracia Bennish; Award Winner, Jabril Muhammad, St. Petersburg Nation of Islam youth and Pastor Fred Hinton of Calvary Worship Center, Largo

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Gracia Bennish, President of United for Human Rights, enlightened guests on Juneteenth, an annual celebration in the South honoring the end of slavery. Guest Speaker, Pastor Fred Hinton from Calvary Worship Center in Largo then addressed the guests about taking responsibility for our communities by continuously fighting for human rights, the true meaning of Juneteenth.

Ms. Bennish also read a letter by State Representative Dwight Dudley honoring the occasion, and acknowledged State Rep. Chris Latvala, Senator Dwight Bullard, State Rep. Edwin Narain and the Pinellas County Commissioners for the Proclamations and Tributes that they all wrote in recognition of the celebration.

One official who attended the event said, “I absolutely loved this event! I support what [United for Human Rights] is doing. I am so glad that you awarded and are encouraging the youth to be involved in the community. That is exactly what we need more of.”

United for Human Rights (UHR)

Given the immense scope of the problem, and inspired by the words of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, “Human Rights must be made a fact not an idealistic dream,” The Church of Scientology supports United for Human Rights as a vanguard of human rights education and information. It is the world's largest nongovernmental human rights education campaign, active in 192 countries and partnering with 1,500 groups and organizations. Its purpose: To raise awareness and implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its 30 articles.

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Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization