2012 Black History Heroes
Omar Butler serves as Site Director at College Track San Francisco, a national educational nonprofit that empowers students from underserved communities to reach their dream of a college degree. In 2007, Omar led College Track's expansion into San Francisco and has grown the program from an initial class of 50 to more than 230. Seventy-two program graduates are currently pursuing their college degree. As a native of Bayview-Hunters Point, and at 19 a survivor of a deadly gunshot attack, he brings a unique perspective to his position. He uses this personal understanding to be a tireless advocate and strict disciplinarian for the youth with whom he works.
Reggie Daniels was born in San Francisco, graduated from Riordan High School and San Francisco City College. He is pursuing a master's degree at USF School of Management in Business. He is a Manalive Facilitator and case manager at the San Bruno County Jail and a Community Works employee. After struggling with the criminal justice system for fifteen years, Reggie discovered Roads to Recovery, an in-custody substance abuse program. This was followed by a year-long peer advocacy program called Manalive, a violence prevention program for men to organize against violence in their homes and communities. He hopes his story of transformation from violent survivor to community advocate will empower others to find peace through artistic expression.
Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP
Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP is the founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), a comprehensive health and wellness center that integrates medical, mental health, holistic and social services for an evidence-based approach to improving the health and well-being of urban children and youth. Her areas of interest are in health disparities, child trauma, nutrition and asthma. Particularly, her focus is serving communities where issues of poverty and race present challenges to conventional healthcare and education. The CYW follows Dr. Burke Harris' work as the founding physician and former Medical Director of California Pacific Medical Center's (CPMC) Bayview Child Health Center.
Mieko Scott is founder of Imagine That!, a non-profit organization that gives back to under-privileged children in the Greater Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a minor in childhood development. Mieko plans activities that enforce educationally appropriate curriculum for children, their families, and local communities. She prepares healthy lunches for students at the 100 Black Men School in Oakland and gives away more than 500 toys and warm coats to needy families. Her dedication has led to the implementation of programs such as T.U.D.A. (Think, Understand & Don't Assume Autistic Playgroup) and the AAMA (African American Male Achievement) Cascade Leadership Summer Literacy Program.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Celebrates Black History Month
KQED proudly celebrates the diversity of our community by commemorating Black History Month. During February, KQED Public TV 9 and KQED 88.5 FM schedule programs that focus on African American themes and issues.
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.