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2011 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Columbia Dr. Robert L. Kirton

Columbia field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

The Columbia Division is pleased to honor Dr. Robert Kirton for his work as the co-founder of Black Achievers Determined to be Different (BADD), an interactive program for black males in kindergarten through 12th grade. The program incorporates a brotherhood concept to motivate, inspire, and challenge black males to become self-confident young men.

BADD was developed in response to academic reports that showed black males were lagging behind their counterparts in schools, were more likely to be suspended or expelled, and had higher enrollment in special education classes.

The program’s success prompted the South Carolina Department of Education to commission Dr. Kirton to replicate the BADD program throughout the state.

In February 2011, he worked with the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs to host the Ninth African-American Male National Council and South Carolina Black Male Summit, which is a conference held to address social issues that affect black males.

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FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
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In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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