Recognizing Community Leaders 

Featuring Performances By:

John Randolph

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John is an international violinist who has infused the sound of classical music with the sound of today's popular music (Hip Hop, R&B and Pop). John has showcased his talents in front of various celebrities and professionals. After being selected to become one of the 100 black creatives of Tiktok, John is now an official partner with the social media platform. He made national news with Gayle King for his "Black Lives Matter" visual.

John was recently selected by Sam Cooke's estate to pay tribute to the late great Sam Cooke. John has been selected to perform at the first ever Juneteenth festival taking place at The National Mall in Washington D.C. and will be opening for Kirk Franklin, John Legend, and Alicia Keys.  

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Reginald J. Eadie, MD, MBA

Reginald J. Eadie, MD is an accomplished and innovative leader in transforming health care and patient care to meet the needs of the 21st century. Born and raised in Detroit, he is a board-certified, emergency medicine physician. 

Dr. Eadie joined the Trinity Health Of New England team as President and CEO in April of 2018. His community talents are not limited to medicine as he published his first book in 2008 titled, How to Eat & Live Longer. His book has been listed on numerous best sellers’ lists and he has been featured in Ebony and Essence magazines. He has a soon-to-be-released second book titled, Eating from the Tree of Life.

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Edjohnetta Miller, Quilt/Fiber Artist 

Edjohnetta is a quilt/fiber artist that enjoys the freedom, movement and power given to creating the sculpture of cloth. Combining the various colors, patterns and weaves of fabric is very exciting to me. She aims for viewers to be able to visually enter my quilts and walk through fields of color to the still, contemplative space within.

 

Creating is a spiritual journey that allows her to reflect my positive view of life and her love of fabric.  For Edjohnetta, life is enriched with diverse experience and amazing opportunities that should be embraced and shared.

Comcast NBCUniversal

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Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to embracing diversity of background, perspective, culture, and experience throughout every aspect of our business.

As a media and technology company, it knows it has a responsibility to reflect the audiences it serves and that it has have a unique opportunity to leverage its resources, including its our people, programming, and platforms, to shed light on systemic issues and work toward lasting solutions. From the products Comcast NBCUniversal creates, to the organizations it supports, the company believes in fostering a better and more inclusive workplace and communities where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Across Connecticut, Comcast has worked to keep people connected, learning and working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and is proud of the support it’s provided to organizations like The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA’s, and small businesses in need.

Nationwide, the company announced a multiyear $100 million plan to advance social justice and equality – a pledge that marks a significant moment in the annual investments we have long made to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and uplifting local communities. 

Through Internet Essentials, Comcast is also providing low-cost home internet for low-income households and has connected more than 44,000 households in Connecticut over the past 10 years.

Additionally, Comcast launched a multi-year program to create WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationwide, serving as safe spaces where students and families can connect to the Internet and access the tools they need to participate in distance learning. In Connecticut, Comcast opened 18 Lift Zones, with more to come, to help an influx of local students with remote learning and homework.

To help small businesses, Comcast also launched Comcast RISE, a multi-year, multi-faceted initiative designed to help strengthen small businesses owned by people of color that have been hit hardest by the pandemic, by providing marketing and technology upgrades. To date, over a dozen Connecticut businesses have been recipients of our Comcast RISE program and they are benefitting from free consulting, media production and/or Comcast Business services.

For more information, please visit: https://corporate.comcast.com/impact.

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  • Global Atlantic Financial Company 

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  • Sandy and Diane Cloud 

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  • Andréa Hawkins 

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  • Raul and Emilie de Brigard

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