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 In conjunction with the Juneteenth festivities, we are hosting the “Keeping the Legacy Alive” Honors Banquet to celebrate the life and generational legacy of Dr. Erma Johnson Hadley. During this event 4 outstanding honorees will be awarded for their diligent service as international and community leaders. They have truly embodied the Dr. Hadley’s mantra that “Everyone has what it takes to be a leader. You must lead from where you are.” Like Dr. Hadley, they have taken up the mantle to leave wherever they go better than how they found it by being agents of transformation. 



With over 30 years of experience as a concessionaire doing business at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Norma Roby is one of the industry pioneers of women and minority business owners at U.S. Airports and is a charter member of the Airport Minority Advisory Council. She is a  longtime Texas Wesleyan Board of Trustee member. In spite of her busy business schedule, Roby contributes to her community in numerous ways by serving on boards such as Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council, Medical Center of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund.

Judge Ann (A. Y.) Collins is a graduate of the historic I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth, Texas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas licensed to practice before the Northern District of Texas. After receiving her law degree, she was employed with Legal Services of North/West Texas (fka West Texas Legal Services) serving as the first Family Violence Project Attorney handling family violence cases in a five-county area. Judge Collins was appointed a full time Municipal Court Judge/Magistrate for the City of Fort Worth in March of 2014, having served previously as a Substitute/Pro Tempore Judge/Magistrate for 12 years.   

The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes has served as rector of Trinity Episcopal of Fort Worth, TX, since 2012. She has guided Trinity to expand spiritual practices, promote strong relationships with neighborhood schools and increase outreach activity. Previously, she was rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Peekskill for five years and she was called to serve St. James’ Church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Before ordination she was a corporate trainer. Carlye says her chief role in the parish is to help others see the ways they are called to serve God and God’s people; then to support, encourage, and empower them to go and do what God created them to do.

Phil Waigand is a passionate volunteer with a heart to see unity and community envelop not just the neighborhoods we live in but also the DFW metroplex as a whole. For over 20 years he has worked to bring Fort Worth and Dallas together in mutually beneficial collaborations. He truly believes that "Fort Worth and Dallas are two great anchor Cities" that can set a national example of "Communities Coming Together."


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