2012 TORCH AWARDS HONOREES
Darrell Brown – Oustanding Citizen Award
Darrell, a native of Los Angeles, is a Senior Vice President for the Metropolitan Banking Group, Greater Los Angeles Coastal Region of U.S. Bank, the nations’ sixth largest commercial bank with over $291 billion in assets and 17.2 million customers. With over 38 years of extensive experience in diverse leadership and management roles within the banking world, he is an outspoken advocate for identifying new markets for individual customers with diverse financial needs. Darrell is recognized as a proven change agent with expertise in revitalizing organizations, building brand equity, and affecting positive growth. As a highly respected leader with a clear, focused direction, he has seen notable results throughout his career. He has been instrumental in corporate reorganization and restored customer confidence by consistently delivering innovative products, services and programs to maximize profits. Darrell is an effective mentor and coach who believes that “high achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation”.
Glynn and Jo-An Turman – Community Activist Award
A Emmy Award winner, Glynn Turman, started his career at a tender age of 12, in the landmark Broadway production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN with Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. Among his many film credits are: Men of Honor, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, , Kings of the Evening in which he won the 2009 San Diego Black Film Festival Best Supporting Actor), and the cult classic Cooley High. Turman’s television series and roles include, ‘Colonel Taylor’ on “A Different World”, “Resurrection Blvd”, “Big Apple”, “The Wire”, “The Defenders”, “Scrubs”, “Southland”, “Flash Forward”, “In Treatment”, “CSI”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, “Law and Order, CI”, “Buffalo Soldiers”, and “The Minstrel Man.” In 2008 Turman scored his first Emmy win as Outstanding Guest Actor for the HBO series “In Treatment.” He’s won 3 NAACP Image Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre; the 2010 Pan African Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2010 LA Stage Ovation Award for Outstanding Lead Actor as ‘Memphis’ in August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running”, a Los
Angeles Critics Award nomination; a Dramalogue Award; and multiple NAACP Image Award nominations.
Jo-An Turman, as Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, is committed to increasing the awareness of the need for affordable housing for families currently living below the poverty level. Working for L.A.’s only affordable housing builder is an ideal role for Jo-An, who began her career in Education and Real Estate as a Broker/Owner of her own national real estate franchise and has dedicated her life to helping others.
But what is most near and dear to their hearts, is being blessed with the opportunity to be co-founders and Camp Directors of “Camp Gid D Up”, which they founded in 1992. They provide disenfranchised inner-city and at-risk youth an opportunity to attend a free western style summer camp on a real 20 acre ranch. The youth learn to ride horses, rope, swim, toss horseshoes, do arts and crafts, hike, , archery, sleep under the stars, enjoy nature, make friends, breathe fresh air, and ride a Bucky. This camp was founded as a promise to the late Mrs. Coretta King and Ambassador Andrew Young to bring peace among youth gangs after the riots of the 1990s. For the past nineteen years, they have operated this FREE summer camp through their non-profit, “IX Winds Ranch Foundation.” The Turman’s feel that the service they are providing is well spent, since over 90% of the graduates of the camp have gone on to college, technical school, the military or employment.
Dr. Henri Ford – Humanitarian Award
Dr. Ford is vice president and chief of surgery at the nation’s leading children’s hospital, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, known worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. As surgeon-in-chief and vice president for perioperative services, he oversees the entire perioperative services. Under his leadership, the hospital has developed a robust, state of the art minimally invasive surgery program. Dr. Ford has been elected to a four-year term on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University in New Jersey. He is an internationally recognized medical leader in pediatric surgery having published hundreds of articles and having won many honors in his field. Recently, Dr. Ford served as a member of the medical relief team deployed to his native country, Haiti, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services following the devastating earthquake.In addition to his duties at Children’s Hospital, Dr. Ford serves as vice-dean for Medical Education, professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Surgery at the Keck Schoolf of
Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Ford earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton in 1980, along with certificates in African American studies, Latin American studies and science in human affairs. He earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni. Dr. Ford’s current priorities include revising the Year III/IV medical student curriculum; strengthening research opportunities for medical students; developing new sources of funding for medical student scholarships, and rebuilding Haiti and providing quality medical care.
Honorable Jan Perry – Lifetime Achievement Award
Elaine R. Jones is President and Director-Counsel, Emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. When Ms. Jones took the helm of the Legal Defense Fund in 1993, she became the first woman to head the organization. After graduating with honors in political science from Howard University, Ms. Jones joined the Peace Corps and became one of the first African Americans to serve in Turkey. Following the Peace Corps, she became the first black woman to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law, and subsequently the first African American to serve on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association. With the exception of two years as Special Assistant to the United States Secretary of Transportation, she has remained with LDF ever since. Ms. Jones was one of the first African American women to defend death row inmates. Only two years out of law school, she was counsel of record in Furman v. Georgia, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the death penalty in 37 states for 12 years. During this period, she also
argued numerous employment discrimination cases, including class actions against some of the nation’s largest employers. Ms. Jones holds thirteen honorary degrees and received the Jefferson Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded by the University of Virginia. Other awards have included the Hannah G. Solomon Award of The National Council of Jewish Women, Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award of the Metropolitan Bar Association in New York City, American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, and The American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession Margaret Brent Award. President William Jefferson Clinton presented her with the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award
Dr. Jean William Pape – The President’s Award
Global Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health, and the Institut de France Prix Christophe Merieux. In 2003, Dr. Pape was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine. He was also awarded the Legion of Honor by the President of France, for his contribution to the improvement of the health of the Haitian people and that of people in the world. He was also honored as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, honored by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan at a special ceremony, in addition to international organizations, governments and leaders seek his counsel on bioethics, health disparity, and global infectious diseases.
Dr. Pape is the founding and current director of Les Centres GHESKIO Clinic (The Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) a non-governmental research and training center which is internationally recognized for its critical work in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and associated illnesses such as tuberculosis, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The clinic was founded in 1982 and is dedicated to the improvement of health care through prevention, clinical care, research and training. GHESKIO was the first institution in the world exclusively dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS. He has become an international leader from his efforts to implement programs for the prevention and control of AIDS and tuberculosis in Haiti and other resource-poor countries.
Dr. Pape has received numerous international awards for his work including the Clinton Global Citizen Award from former President Bill Clinton, Carlos Slim Award for