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Black History Month celebration in Mineola

State Supreme Court Justice Michele Woodard, Court Clerk Specialist Cheryl Davis and activist Hempstead attorney Frederick Brewington were honored Friday by the Nassau County Courts Black History Commitee and Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association at the State Supreme Court Building in Mineola.

Woodard, of Westbury, a former state assistant attorney general who in 2000 became the first black woman elected a state supreme court justice on Long Island, was honored in a packed courtroom of nearly 200 people. She received the Alfred S. Robbins Award.

Davis, of Huntington, who was deputy chief clerk for the Supreme Court before being promoted in October, has risen through the ranks, starting as a court officer in 1991. She received the Longevity and Endurance Award.

County Court Judge Jerald Carter was master of ceremonies for the event, which was the eighth Black History Month celebration at the Supreme Court. The theme for this year’s event was the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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