Melanin Market Heritage Awards Honor Local Pioneers

 Hundreds of community supporters, friends and family members joined the Melanin Market inside WJCT Studios to celebrate the contributions of local living legends, community activists and historians, along with businesses and organizations at this year’s inaugural Heritage Awards. Hosted by Rahman Johnson and Anita Osuigwe-Spencer, the awards featured live performances, testimonials and words of wisdom from the honorees.


The following award recipients were honored during the Heritage Awards: Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D. (Living Legend Award), anthropologist, educator, museum director and college president, Cole was the first female African-American president of Spelman College and was the Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art; Dr. Charles McIntosh (Living Legend Award), a pioneer in sickle-cell advocacy, Dr. McIntosh was the first African-American pediatrician in Jacksonville and second in the state of Florida; Ennis Davis (Historian Award), is an author, certified senior planner, specializing in transportation and urban planning projects  and co-founder of urban planning media and place making websites and and  Harold Craw (Living Legacy Award)the General Manager of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Craw is the only current African-American General Manager in Minor League Baseball, and only the second African-American to ever be named a general manager in the minor leagues. Shown is hostess Anita Spencer with honorees Johnetta Betsch-Cole

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