2017-2018 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
“If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void…” President Barack Obama.
I voted for the first time in the 2004 Presidential Election, just two months after I was naturalized as a United States Citizen. I have always firmly believed that my voice can make a difference, because when all of our voices align to create a majority, we can indeed implement change. Each vote in itself is an exercise of democracy, and firm recognition of our gratitude to those who fought for this inalienable right.
This year’s theme of the F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr., Bar Association is “Ballots and Bridges: Shaping a stronger society through voting, civic engagement, and community service.” This theme is strongly influenced by my desire to educate our younger generation, in particular high school students in Palm Beach County, about the importance of voting and civic engagement. Efforts will be made to encourage these students to register to vote, go to the polls, and stay apprised of political issues that directly affect their respective communities.
The second aspect of this year’s theme is community service. We must recognize that members of our community view attorneys as individuals who can command change and work toward fixing an array of issues. Unfortunately, according to an online survey by Princeton University researchers, attorneys are also viewed as being low in warmth and trustworthiness. If we are going to be successful in helping others in our capacity as lawyers, we must be successful in helping others as humans. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once proclaimed that “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” We will be putting together several community service related events over the course of the next year, and we hope you will join us. Let’s be great together by serving together.
President, F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr., Bar Association
F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association
Prepares for the 2018
Holland Scholarship Luncheon
This year's Holland Luncheon will feature Tallahassee Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum, as guest speaker.
Mayor Gillum rose from one of seven children growing up in Miami, to being named as one of Gainesville’s “Persons of the Year”, as a High School Graduate. He is a current Gubernatorial Candidate for the State of Florida.
He attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), where he married R. Jai Howard, a fellow FAMU graduate. The couple has three children.
At FAMU, Gillum served as President of the Student Government Association, and was the first student member of FAMU’s Board of Trustees. He was recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as an “Emerging Leader for 2003.” Gillum was also a Board member of the Black Youth Vote Coalition, a program of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation in Washington, D.C. Gillum was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission prior to the completion of his college career, and was the youngest person at age 23, to ever be elected.
While on the City Commission, he spearheaded numerous projects to bring new economic life to Tallahassee. Gillum served a one-year term as Mayor Pro Tem from November 10, 2004 through November 9, 2005. Additionally, the joint body of City and County Commissioners, known as the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency, elected him to serve as their chairperson for a year in 2005. Gillum has also served as lead commissioner for the Long Range Community Based Target Issue Committee. After ten years as a city commissioner, Gillum began his campaign for the office of Mayor of Tallahassee in 2013.
The date for the 2018 Holland Lunch has been set for Friday, February 23, at 11:30 AM, and will be held at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Mark your calendars now.