Fort Worth, TX…The Beta Tau Lambda (Fort Worth Alumni) Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in association with the Beta Tau Lambda Charitable Foundation will honor outstanding civic and community leaders at the 28th Annual Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legend Award Ceremony on Friday, June 17th at 6:30 PM at The Petroleum Club located at 777 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102.

The Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legend Award is presented to Tarrant County residents who have exemplified excellence in their chosen vocation and provided great service to the community. This year’s honorees include Jesse Gaines, Esq., Law, Pastor William T. Glynn, Religion, and Ms. Sarah Walker for Community Service. In addition to the Living Legend honorees, four Legends in the Making (40 and under) will also be honored.

Legend in the Making Honorees include Ms. LaTasha Jackson-McDougle, Community Engagement, Mr. SaJade Miller, Education, Ms. Mia Moss, Entrepreneurship, and Mr. Willie Rankin, Jr., Community Development. “It is again our pleasure to honor an outstanding class of community icons, whose tireless efforts have lifted Tarrant County to higher heights.

The Dr. Marion J. Brooks program serves as a mirror, reflecting the excellence of both its honorees and namesake.” said Adrian J. Gray, Beta Tau Lambda Chapter President. To attend the 28th Annual Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legends Award Ceremony in-person please visit

To attend the Legends After Dark please visit Admission to the program is $20. Attendance for Legends After Dark starts at $45. For more information about the two events please email


Jesse Gaines, Esq. (Law)
For over 45 years Attorney Jesse Gaines has been on the front lines fighting to protect the rights of the citizens of Tarrant County. He has for decades, and continues still today, to combat redistricting models that strip away the voting power of minority citizens. He has been a zealous advocate and recognized locally for his tireless service in work with the Fort Worth Tarrant County NAACP.

Pastor William T. Glynn (Religion)
With close to 50 years in the ministry, Pastor Glynn of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Worth, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of the Tarrant County Community and beyond. Not only a local pillar, but Pastor Glynn is also a recognized leader across the state and nation having held positions as Moderator for the North Texas District Association, 2nd Vice President of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas and First Vice President of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Incorporated.

Sarah Walker (Community Service)
As a founding member of the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society and Past President for a span of 12 years, Ms. Walker has made preserving our history a vital piece of her life’s work. Having also been a co-founder of the Fort Worth Minority Citizens Council and President of the United Riverside Neighborhood Association, Ms. Walker has made serving the community a top priority and has done so with excellence.

LaTasha Jackson-McDougle (Community Engagement) As the Founder and Executive Director of Cheryl’s Voice Ms. Jackson-McDougle has zealously brought awareness and education to the issue of domestic violence. A witness to domestic violence herself as a child, Latasha has turned that tragedy into an unyielding motivation to change the lives of others. A published author and motivational speaker, Ms. Jackson-McDougle has been recognized on numerous occasions for her stellar community advocacy.

SaJade Miller (Education) Mr. Miller is the Founding Superintendent for Rocketship Public Schools. He previously served as the Chief of Schools for Desoto Independent School District and Assistant Superintendent of Innovation for Fort Worth ISD. Mr. Miller’s impact has been felt across the educational landscape of DFW. In the Stop Six community Mr. Miller is well known for leading an academic resurgence at the historic Paul Laurence Dunbar High School during his tenure there as Principal.

Mia Moss (Entrepreneurship) This Fort Worth native and legend in the making turned her passion into profits when she opened Black Coffee on the east side of Fort Worth. A lover of coffee, Mia studied in Portland, Oregon perfecting her craft before opening shop back home. More than a flavor of the month, Black Coffee has quickly become a staple of the community and has received both local and national acclaim.

Willie Rankin, Jr. (Community Development) Currently sitting as the chair of the zoning commission for the City of Fort Worth and a board member for the Fort Worth Chamber, Mr. Rankin has spent years building lives and communities. A true servant leader and Marine, Willie’s early work included helping to rebuild the lives of our homeless community through his work with Catholic Charities. As the Executive Director of LVTRise, Mr. Rankin generated over $2 million to revitalize the Las Vegas Trail community.

ABOUT BETA TAU LAMBDA Beta Tau Lambda is Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s third oldest Alumni Chapter in Texas, chartered in Fort Worth on December 4, 1940. The Chapter actively supports the fraternity’s national programs and projects such as “Project Alpha” (male adolescence, teen pregnancy and health initiative) in collaboration with March of Dimes, “A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People” (voter registration) “Go To High School, Go To College” (youth counseling/high school mentoring programs), Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Brother’s Keeper.

About BETA TAU LAMBDA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION The Beta Tau Lambda Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, dedicated to supporting the scholastic development of youth. Key programs supported by the Foundation include The Alpha Academy, a mentorship program for 5th thru 12th grade males, NAACP, March of Dimes, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, Southeast Fort Worth Inc., McDonald YMCA, and the Alpha Beautillion scholarship program.

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