Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro, Ph.D

Erhabor IghodaroCouncilman Ighodaro is an educator with a solid background in public management, urban justice, urban education, curricula design and implementation of best practice methodologies, educational public policy and the intervention and resolution of school and community based conflict.

He holds a Ph. D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (2007). He graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Justice Administration from St. Thomas University (2000) and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Memorial University (1997).

A former Miami Dade Council Public School Teacher and Chief of Staff to School Board Member Dr. Robert Ingram, he serves as the Miami-Dade School District’s Administrator for the Ingram Africa School Alliance (IASA) “Rites of Passage” Project and leads a delegation of students, teachers and parents on the district’s annual excursion and student exchange opportunities with schools in Africa.

As Executive Director of the Dr. Robert B. Ingram Foundation, he oversees the organization’s signature READ to LEAD program and has awarded over 5000 scholarships to students in Miami Dade County Public Schools (scholarships entitles students to an all expense paid 2 day, 1 night educational excursion of Black history sites and culminates in one of Florida’s major theme parks).

He serves as Professor of Criminal Justice at Florida Memorial University and he is the Founder/CEO of Oracle Consulting Group, LLC a dispute systems design and conflict resolution firm and he is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.

An often herald speaker on youth and non-violent engagement, he the author of the groundbreaking publication Curriculum Violence: America’s New Civil Rights Issue (2010). Nova Science Publishers

He is an accomplished civic-community leader and a public administrator. A recipient of numerous awards, he is a recipient of the Miami Dade County “Pillars Award” 2012 and recipient of the prestigious Bryant Gumble/UNCF Scholarship (1996). He is an NAIA Academic All-American. He is an Alpha Kappa Mu Honorary Scholar and an Omega Scholar of the year (1996). He is past President of the Rotary Club of Opa-Locka/Miami Gardens and President of the Nigerian American Foundation. He is a member of Edo Association of Florida; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Miami Dade County International Trade Advisory Board; Miami Dade County Public School’s 5000 Role Model of Excellence Project, a nationally acclaimed youth mentorship initiative; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and an Associate Minister at Mt. Zion AME Church, Miami Gardens.

He has worked with diverse political constituencies in the Miami Dade community and was appointed (2012) by Mayor Oliver Gilbert to serve on the Miami Gardens City Council, at-Large Seat 6.

He is married to former Ms. Shannan Hanna and they have twin daughters Esosa and Idia.

Lizzie Polly Robinson-Brown Jenkins

lizzie_robinson_brown_jenkinsLizzie Polly Robinson-Brown Jenkins was born in Archer, Florida, October 25, 1938, growing up on a farm with parents, Hura and Theresa Brown Robinson, skilled farmers who purchased a 285 acre Farm in 1940, industrialized parental commandments, shaped young minds, build work ethic, mounted morals aspirations for their children using good judgment. Jenkins, the youngest of five children reared in a nurturing home, where she was expected to not only excel, but become a beacon of light for others. A lover of books at first glance and believed born to explore, research, authenticate the history of a people while preserving community life.

She is a lifelong resident of Archer, Florida, where she attended Archer Negro Elementary/High School, graduating from Lincoln in 1957, Gainesville, Florida. She matriculated through Florida Memorial College following in the footprints of her Rosewood Aunt, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in 1961. She furthered her education at Nova University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Administration 1978. During her transition years she attended both Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Both parents emphasized, knowledge is power that would open doors that would result in triumph. She prides herself by giving back to education in the spirit of scholarships.

Rosewood Descendant, Jenkins, has amassed more than twenty-five years of community research authenticating and preserving Rosewood and family history. Her Aunt, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier, an Archer, Florida, native, was the Rosewood schoolteacher, 1915-1923 and a 1923 Rosewood survivor. Carrier, the first and only African America female principal in Levy county and believed the second African American female principal in the state of Florida. Robinson’s strong advice, “Never forget my sister’s suffrage. Carrier’s story is Jenkins’ story, orally passed down by Carrier’s sister and Jenkins’ mother, the family historian. Other accomplishments proved her Aunt the Rosewood schoolteacher, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier, was believed the second African American female principal in Florida and was honored as one of the 2000 Great Floridians and only African American female principal in Levy County.

Jenkins is a Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., NAACP, and ACPO. In addition, she is a member of several other organizations.

Jenkins, a retired educator, researcher, and published authorand historian is credited a real storyteller organizing Rosewood tours for interested schools, organizations and churches. Plans are in place to produce a play, “Rosewood on My Mind”, followed by a documentary, “The Reel Rosewood”. Jenkins is married to John M. Jenkins, Sr.