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Hall Of Fame

AFRICAN-AMERICAN MILITARY HALL OF FAME

South Central Pennsylvania African American Military Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Overview of Event

Keystones created in 2018 the first African-American military Hall of Fame for south-central Pennsylvania. This Hall of Fame induction ceremony convened at the Scottish rite Cathedral in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Several individuals from throughout the region were inducted into the initial Keystones Hall Fame. Additionally, Keystones celebrated his first anniversary. This Hall of Fame was broadcast across the state of Pennsylvania on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

2020 Hall Of Fame Inductees

halloffame 3 - Keystones Oral HistoryKim Bracey

US Air Force

Bracey was sworn in as the 24th mayor and the first African-American mayor of the City of York on Jan. 4, 2010. Previously, she served the city as the appointed director of the Department of Community Development, as the executive director of the South George Street Community Partnership, and as the coordinator for Weed & Seed AID.

Born and raised in York, Bracey attended York City schools and graduated from William Penn Senior High School. She attended Bloomsburg University, and in 1984, joined the United States Air Force. Bracey served honorably until 1994, achieving the rank of E-6. Among her medals and citations, she received the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 2 devices. She returned to York in 1994 to work for the Crispus Attucks Association, where she managed the national local program of YouthBuild AmeriCorps.

Bracey currently serves or has served on the boards of York Hospital, the Martin Library, and the York County Community Foundation. She is also the founding president of the York Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, a 30-year-old national organization whose mission is to develop leaders to rebuild their communities and redirect the energies of younger Black people who live in those communities. She is an active member of the Friend- ship Baptist Church and serves as the church’s treasurer.

halloffame 4 - Keystones Oral HistoryCarman Byrant

US Army

*York High 1975

*Howard University, BS, 1979 *Enlistment US Army, 1980, E3, (Private 1st Class)
Medical Laboratory Specialist

*Honorable Discharge, 1991, E6, Staff Seargent

*Military Education
– Basic Training, Ft. Dix, NJ (81)
– Medical laboratory specialist course (81)
– German Head start course (81)
– Primary leadership development course (86)
– Advance Medical Laboratory Specialist Course (87) – Faculty development course (88)

*Military assignments
– 10th Medical Laboratory, Landsthul, Germany, RIA/Chemistry (81) – Military Entrance Processing Station, New Orleans, La., (84)
– Medical Laboratory Instructor, Ft. Sam Houston, Tx (88)

*Military Decorations/Awards/Badges
– Army service ribbon/Overseas service ribbon/army good conduct medal 3rd award/Army commendation medal/national Defense service medal/ joint service commendation medal/sharpshooter qualification/ Rifle M16 qualification/NCO Professional development ribbon/Army Lapel button

halloffame 5 - Keystones Oral HistoryMaster Sergeant Minnie Green

US Army Reserve

Master Sergeant Minnie G. Green, retired in 2008, after a distinguished 30-year military career that included both active and reserve service. Over the course of her military career, MSG Green traveled both domestically and abroad. Some of the memorable countries that MSG Green toured included Panama, Honduras, Holland, Spain, Bahrain, Germany, and Kuwait which was her last tour of duty from 2004-2006. After returning from Kuwait, MSG Green Minnie went back to school and got an Associate Degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix in 2010.

MSG Green is the recipient of several medals, ribbons, and certificates:

  • Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award)
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award)
  • National Defense Medal (2nd Award)
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award)
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M Device (2nd Award)
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (6th Award)
  • Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award)
  • Army Superior Unit Award • Army Good Conduct Medal
  • Overseas Service Bars (3)
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Expeditionary Medal

MSG has received many certificates for community involvement; the most recent was the MLK Image Award for distinguished achievement in recognition as the longest-tenured member of the BMA Unity Mass Choir in York, PA (given by the Black Ministers’ Association (BMA) of York, PA. MSG continues her community involvement by volunteering with the AARP, Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA), but her most lovable contribution is “singing” whenever the opportunity presents itself. She sings with her church choir, at funerals, weddings and has done several concerts. To God Be the Glory!

Minnie has one son – Eric, two grandchildren – Elder Taki Hopkins and Arianna

halloffame 6 - Keystones Oral HistoryLieutenant Colonel Retired Sandra Stockten

US Air Force & Army

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Civilian Education:
– 1976 Associate of Arts Prince Georges Community College
– 1981 Bachelors of Science

George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia
– 1986 Masters Health Administration Webster University St. Louis, Missouri Military Education:
– 1995-1997 – Command General Staff Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
– 1991-1992 – Officer Advance Course – Ft. Sam Houston, Texas
– 1991-1992 – Head Nurse Course – Ft. Sam Houston, Texas
– 1989 – Officer Basic Course – Ft. Sam Houston, Texas

(Honorable Discharge 1994 Active Duty – United States Army as Lieutenant Coronel – Retired Reserve Officer 2009)

Meritorious Service Medal
a. Joint service Commendation medal
b. Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
c. National Defense Service Medal
d. Southeast Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
e. Certification of Appreciation for Armed Services Medical

Command of the ROK
Personal Interest – Foster Parent from Dec 1994 – Present

halloffame 7 - Keystones Oral HistoryLieutenant Colonel Retired Marion Crosson

US Army

Marian Williams-Crosson is a combat veteran who enjoyed a 20-year career in the Ordnance Corps with the US Army. Key assignments included Deputy Director, Directorate of Instruction, US Army Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; 2d Infantry Division Materiel Management Center Chief, Camp Casey, Korea, Deputy Commander, 501st Corps Support Group, 19th TAACOM, Camp Red Cloud, Korea, and Adjutant, 224th Forward Support Battalion, 24th ID during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. She retired from active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel on 1 June 2000.

She began her civil service career in May 2002 as a Strategic Planner in the Future Plans Directorate at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution Headquarters in New Cumberland, PA. Her most rewarding assignment was serving as the Director for DLA Distribution Bahrain in the Kingdom of Bahrain from January 2009 to August 2012. Currently, Ms. Williams-Crosson coordinates DLA Distribution military construction program requirements to justify funding from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Ms. Williams-Crosson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Arts degree in Organization and Personnel Management from Central Michigan University.

In addition to numerous military awards and decorations, Ms. Williams-Crosson has been awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for accomplishments in Bahrain and the Superior Civilian Service Award for accomplishments in Kuwait.

Marian is a native of Steelton, Pennsylvania with a deep ancestry of military service to our great Nation. Her father, Paul Williams served in the U.S. Air Force with the 7559th Air Police Squadron during the Korean conflict; her great-grandfather, Frank Williams was a Buffalo Soldier serving in the 24th Infantry Regiment during the Indian Wars Campaign and her great, great-grandfather Rheoboam Tarr served with Union Army in Company I, 45th Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops along with his two brothers, William and Thomas during the Civil War. The guidon has been passed to her nephew, Samuel Allen who serves with C Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry (Mountain) Regiment while attending Norwich University.

2018 Hall Of Fame Inductees

Calobe Jackson JrMr. Calobe Jackson Jr. 

I was born and raised in Harrisburg. I attended Harrisburg City Schools and graduated from William Penn High School in 1948, where I was a member of the record-setting Mile Relay Team. Attended Lincoln University, Pa. majoring in Mathematics. Served in Segregated US Army 94th Engineer Battalion as construction surveyor from March 1951 to March 1953.

Retired from US Post Office as Superintendent after 35 years of service. Served on Harrisburg School Board from 1993-1999. Employed as Mid State Regional Technician for Census 2000. Served as Chairman of Harrisburg School District Board of Control 2001- 2010.

I have served as a member of boards of Harrisburg University; Dauphin County Historical Society; and Harrisburg City Planning Commission. I am a Past Commander and Life member of Ephraim Slaughter American Legion Post 733.

 

Voni GrimesMr. Voni B. Grimes

Mr. Voni B. Grimes. is a U.S. Army WWII veteran from Bamberg South Carolina. Mr. Grime’s family moved to York, PA. Voni epitomized character, commitment, and honesty throughout his life. His warm friendly smile was a beacon in York and wherever he traveled.

His harmonica playing was appreciated by many and he performed before his largest audience at a York Revolution baseball game. In 2014, at the York Bethel A.M.E Church, Mr. Grimes and his wife Lorrayne Grimes were honored by the York community for their life work, which spanned decades. He was the consummate gentleman, husband, father, chairman, and trusted friend centered by his faith in God.

Bishop Nathan BaxterBishop Nathan D. Baxter

From his earliest age, his family instilled in him, faith in God, faith in Country, and faith in service. He joined the U.S. Army and served as a medic in Vietnam. With great honor, he became an Episcopal Priest in 1977 in various local parishes. From 1999 to 2003 he was the Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington DC. as the Dean for the National Cathedral, he preached, officiating services in the presence of four Presidents.

Bishop Baxter has walked the halls of Congress, the halls of Presidents’ offices, and the halls of Harvard University as an educator. While in Vietnam he served fallen soldiers, the wounded with dignity, fortitude, and professionalism while maintaining the best tradition of Jesus Christ.

Nelson Polite Sr.Mr. Nelson M. Polite, Sr. 

The past of a man’s success and the promises kept to God’s country, community family, and himself. Under the Boy Scouts oath, “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the scout law; To help other people at all times; to keep myself, physically strong, mentally awake, and morally. Nelson Polite served in the United States Army during WW II. He retired from the United Government after forty-two (42) years of service.

He was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Lancaster, PA serving on various boards and auxiliaries. He was a community organizer for United Way, Boy Scouts of America, board member of NAACP, and president of Lancaster City Council. He was a member of Prince Hall with numerous elevation statuses. In short, Mr. Polite was a renaissance man, who kept his word and met his promises to God’s country, family community, and himself.

Thaddeus H. Phillips, JrDr. Thaddeus H. Phillips, Jr. 

Dr. Thaddeus H. Phillips, Jr practiced dentistry in the city of Harrisburg, PA for over 51 years. He is a graduate of Howard University School of Dentistry. Dr. Phillips is a longstanding member and servant leader at the Capital United Presbyterian Church, a member of the Dental Association of PA, and a member of many civic and community organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Boule, and The Club 21.

He is a veteran of the US Army. Following his retirement from the Army, he moved his family to Harrisburg where he and his wife, M. Marjorie Phillips raised six children.

Leona Byam RobinsonMs. Leona Byam Robinson

One of the first African American females to serve from this region in the United States Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during WWII serving in Europe.

First Black Exam Analyst for the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission. Attended Howard University and earned a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University. Mrs. Byam Robinson was a certified drug addiction counselor and prolific bowler accomplishing several perfect games.

Mother Alzrio McDonald

Mother Alzrio (Brooks) McDonald was born on March 9, 1923, in Tyler, Florida. Mrs. McDonald has been a faithful member of the Gold Star Mothers, (Mothers who have lost children in war.) She is one of the oldest living members in the United States. Several of her children have served in the military. Their oldest son, Samuel Lee McDonald lost his life and is immortalized in a film about the Vietnam War called “We Were Soldiers”, directed by Mel Gibson. Her prayers have sustained this family for decades. And her love for her family is everlasting.

Dr. Robert ScottDr. Robert A. Scott

Dr. Robert Scott was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Dr. Scott, Professor Emeritus at Penn State University in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Education. He has published and lectured throughout the United States and Europe. Dr. Scott serves as president of R. Scott Associates which provides state of the art training and consultation for private and public organizations in the areas of strategic planning, cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution, management and supervision, leadership, achievement, motivation, clinical documentation, and individualized treatment planning.

Dr. Scott is a devoted husband and father. He is also a noted Civil Rights Activist. As part of his service in the Marine Corps, he learned in his military tenure a readiness to serve.

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Fordham-Fordham Films

Fordham Films was created in 2010 inspired by Daniel’s desire to create a movie regarding his Father, Mr. Wilbur Fordham who was a pitcher in the Negro Leagues. Daniel and his wife Shelmar have over 20 years of combined acting experience in Theater Harrisburg, Open Stage, and many other venues. Fordham Films has hosted acting classes in and outside of Harrisburg, teaching the art of filmmaking to many students in Harrisburg.

Daniel’s credits include Music Staff Writer for Telepictures and Warner Bros., Writer for Ellen Degeneres, The Steve Harvey Show, The Judge Mathis Show, and numerous other media programs. Daniel’s recent accomplishment was working on the HBO Emmy nominated movie “Paterno” starring Al Pacino. Their nonprofit organization is The Commonwealth Film Arts Training and Development Center. Which they are actively developing now.

Mr. Shawn Oliveira

Shawn was born in Miami Florida and adopted by Albert and Beverly Oliveira, along with his 2 sisters, Sharon and Brenda, and brother, Anthony. Shawn is proud to be a part of Keystones, as his father fought alongside the brave men and women portrayed in the Keystones Documentary. Shawn currently works for the Harrisburg School District as their Multi-Media Manager and owns both a video production company, SAO Studio-Workshop, and recording-sound the company, which both provides support to musicians, businesses, churches, and venues throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Mr. Oliveria has worked with Presidents, Vice Presidents, Heads of state, Healthcare, Entertainment, and Sports legends. He has also worked with local and national news organizations. An accomplished musician and songwriter, he plays in multiple bands and churches, mostly with old friends, as he continues to share with the younger musician’s the things learned in his 40 plus years in the music business including working with music icon Ray Charles. Shawn’s wife Lynn also contributed to the Keystones project. As both a contributor and co-producer on the Keystones project, he is touched and moved by to whom the project is dedicated.

Mrs. Vyctoria Pitts

Mrs. Vyctoria Pitts is a long-standing community advocate and supporter of a multitude of community organizations. Mrs. Pitt’s skills in photography are outstanding and appreciated by many throughout the Central Pennsylvania region. She is a 1975 graduate of Harrisburg High and is retired from Dauphin County nursing home.

She currently is a Culinary Chef with the Harrisburg School District. Mrs. Pitts is a long-standing supporter of the Keystone initiative. Her photography is a tribute to her community advocacy in Dauphin County and embraces our veterans in the most compassionate way

Thank you Keystone 2017-2018 Sponsors

Giant Foods
Mr. Robert Philbin
Capital Blue Cross
Mrs. Gloria Gilmore
Hollywood Casino
Harrisburg University
Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation
Mrs. Gloria Gilmore
Hollywood Casino
Harrisburg University
Costco
Swatara Township Commissioners & Police Department
Dr. Rex Herbert
Keystone Correctional Services
Superior Stores
God of a Second Chance Ministry-Pastor Normal Kenlry-Barber