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Black History Month
March 15, 2008

Gerald Lee Mitchell Jr. and James E. Mumford were honored recently at the Third Annual City of Bloomington Black History Month Gala.

Gerald Lee Mitchell Jr. and James E. Mumford were honored last month at the Black History Month Gala, a closing celebration to a month of events.

More than 125 people attended the third annual event at the Bloomington Convention Center.

Mitchell received the 2008 City of Bloomington Outstanding Young Black Male Leader of Tomorrow Award, presented by the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males.

After receiving his master’s degree, Mitchell accepted a position as director of student support and development for Ivy Tech Community College. His volunteer activities include positions on the Commission on the Status of Black Males, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Indiana University Men of Color Conference.

IU Professor Emeritus James Mumford was the inaugural recipient of the Black History Month Trailblazer Award. The Trailblazer Award is to honor individuals who are meaningful to many African-Americans in Bloomington. Mumford served as Director of the African American Chorale Ensemble from 1983 to 2006. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Equity Union for Theatre, Black Music Caucus, Phi Delta Kappa, Indiana Music Education, the Association Society for Ethnomusicology, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc and the Music Teachers National Association.