The Nashville Middle TN Valley Chapter of the Teamsters National Black Caucus (TNBC) held its Third Annual awards banquet titled “Education and Accountability” on February 21, 2015 in Nashville, TN. The event was successful despite the icy weather conditions that night.
The event honored Nashville’s black history leaders (Union & Community) in their efforts in educating our union members, our kids, and our communities, and then holding them accountable.
The honorees were; Mckinley Hathaway Sr. – Retired Teamster (Former Teamsters Local 480 Trustee), Brenda Wynn – Davidson County Clerk; Ronald Delk – Retired Teamsters (Former Teamster Local 480 Business Agent), Dr. Judy Cummings – Senior Pastor at New Covenant Christian Church (DOC) & President of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship; and LC Ivery – Retired Teamster (Former Nashville Middle TN Valley Chapter President).
Chapter President James Curbeam thanked all the attendees for braving the weather to celebrate the night with the honorees and the Chapter. Curbeam addressed the audience about the TNBC’s history and mission, the importance of educating the youth, all union members, the community and holding everyone accountable. Special recognition was given to Larry Dupree (FL Gulf Coast TNBC Chapter & Teamsters Local 79); Roger Shanchez (Vice President of South Region BMWED), and Timothy McCall (Director of Organizing BMWED) for their travel to Nashville, TN for the event.
“Congratulations to all the honorees for being recognized,” said Al Mixon, Chairman of the TNBC. “Let’s continue to move forward and educate and build bridges collectively and if all of us continue to do our part, and more when feasible, then we start to make a positive impact and have a high level of accountability. Congratulations also to Curbeam and the Nashville executive board: Kevin Frierson, Vice President; James Taylor, Secretary-Treasurer; Cornelius Kilgore, Recording Secretary; and trustees Scott Harrison, Jason Hollifield, and Kimberly Neveles for a great theme, and for their devotion in building an educated and accountable community.”
The night was closed by Curbeam challenging everyone in attendance to work 365 days a year on education and holding one another accountable. He also spoke about voter registration and then getting the new voters to the polls. The role that labor played in the Civil Rights movement (The March on Washington) and making the dream come true was also discussed. Curbeam ended with a “dream is only a dream until you take ACTION to bring it to reality.”