Otheree Christian, Community Service Award Honoree

Otheree Christian. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee.

By Kia Croom Richmond native Otheree Christian is one of five individuals who will be honored at the Sixth Annual Judge George Carroll Community Service Awards Program sponsored by the Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC) of Contra Costa County. Known for his tireless civic involvement in Richmond, Christian for the last six years has served as president of the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council. Lately, he has been involved in anti-violence initiatives, including the Cease Fire Campaign in Richmond. He is a former board member of the City of Richmond Design and Review Board Commission. He has been instrumental in community efforts to revitalize the Greenway Trail, Downtown Richmond and Nevin Park. Christian is a Kennedy High School alumnus. After graduating in 1985, he attended Mt. Diablo Community College before relocating to Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University. While at Howard, he worked as an intern for Congressman George Miller. He also worked with young people in Washington, D.C. and with the National Institute of Health. He graduated from Howard with a bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration and a minor in political science. Christian went on to attend Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Bible Religious Education. He worked with the Dallas County Juvenile Probation Department in Dallas, Texas as a case manager teaching at-risk youth life skills and leadership development. In 2004, he moved back to Richmond and began working with various community organizations. The Sixth Annual Judge Carroll Service Awards will take place Thursday, May 2 at the Richmond Sanitary Service Office, 3260 Blume Drive in Richmond from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. In 2008, BAPAC established the award program in honor of Judge Carroll’s public service record. The judge, who has retired, promoted family values, integrity, personal responsibility, public service and concern for the welfare of others. The event recognizes community leaders who have demonstrated an unselfish commitment to public service and tireless work in the community for common good.
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