July 10 - July 16, 2014


SARASOTA, FL – On June 12, 2014, the Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation announced the recipients of the Gamma Xi Boulé Scholars Program. This 2014year’s scholarship awards ceremony was held at the North Sarasota Library in Sarasota, FL. The Scholars Program is awarded to African American male students from Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties attending four year accredited colleges or universities. Students must successfully graduate from high school with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, commit to attending a four year accredited college or university and major in Business, Finance, Science, Math, Health, Health Management or Humanities.

Candidates are interviewed by members of the Gamma Xi Boulé Scholarship Committee and the finalists are approved by the members of the Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation.

The Gamma Xi Boulé Scholars Program was publicized and distributed to students at local high schools in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties.

This year, the Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation received 9 applications from local students and 5 were selected by the Foundation to receive scholarships of $1,000 each.

During the awards ceremony, James Taylor of Gamma Xi Boulé, welcomed the awardees and their families and discussed the history of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation Chairman, James Brown, and members Foundation presented the 2014 scholarship awards to Desmond Brown from Palmetto High School (attending State College of Florida), Justin Harris from Bayshore High School (attending Florida A&M University), Korey Kinder from Palmetto High School (attending State College of Florida), Anthony Lowe from Booker High School (attending Florida Polytechnic University) and Travis Mays from Riverside High School (attending Santa Fe College).


BY C.S. HOWARD...Mrs. Lovette W. Harper recently celebrated her “Almost 90 2014Birthday” with a celebration with family and friends on Sunday, June 29th. Mrs. Harper’s birthday is July 18th; but she is celebrating with her Sarasota friends since she will be in New York on her birthday. The party was hosted by Gale Fulton Ross and Daisy Saunders with assistance from Dr. Cheryl Smith and Dr. Phyllis Brown.

A retired New York State educator who relocated to Sarasota more than 16 years ago, Mrs. Harper quickly embraced the Newtown community. Throughout her life, she has been active in the civil rights movement and various community activities and organizations. She is especially proud, however, of the work she has been involved in the Newtown community since moving to Sarasota. For her work, she has received many honors and recognition, including the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and the Dollar Dynasty Outstanding Leadership and Achievement Award in 2013. She has tutored students at the Sarasota County Educational Advancement Program and – through Habitat for Humanity ---partnered with three young women of Newtown, helping each buy her own home.

Mrs. Harper has also developed programs on African American art and culture and African American history for the Family Heritage House Museum at State College of Florida, and for the Selby and North Sarasota Public Libraries. She has presented African art exhibitions and lectures at local schools and churches. Among the programs and exhibitions she developed for the North Sarasota Public Library (NSPL) include “The Tuskegee Airmen”, “Newtown Then and Now” and “Newtown Youth Past and Present”.

Though she is active in several civic and community organizations, the organization closest to her heart is the NSPL, especially the Cultural Resource Center (CRC). She is the driving force behind the CRC, a reading and research center that contains resources about the Global Black Experience. She is one of the CRC’s founders and developers. Mrs. Harper worked diligently for almost 10 years to make the CRC a reality. She secured donations of hundreds of books and art for the CRC. Additionally, Mrs. Harper is an active member of the Friends of NSPL and volunteers at least 15 hours a week in the CRC and the NSPL bookstore.