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American Legacy Magazine Honors
Two Exceptional Florida Educators

Courtesy of American Legacy Magazine

George Davis

American Legacy magazine and Verizon are honoring 10 exceptional educators who incorporate black history into their high school curricula throughout the year. Among the educators recognized were two of Florida's own, George Davis and Franz Minuty, both of Orlando. As the magazine of African-American history and culture, American Legacy celebrates black history year-round. Every issue is committed to remembering, preserving and rejoicing in the many facets of the African-American experience.

The teachers honored by American Legacy and Verizon understand that black history is the key to a complete education, and that better education means better students. As American Legacy founder and publisher Rodney J. Reynolds states, "We wanted to honor high school teachers who were making extraordinary strides in teaching black history. We are happy that Verizon decided to join us in honoring these exceptional individuals and their contributions."

In his 31 years of teaching, George Davis has earned the respect of his pupils and peers, as well as a reputation for going above and beyond for his students. As a teacher of African-American and American History and Advanced Placement American Government at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Davis runs before- and after-school tutoring programs, keeping his door open to any pupil seeking extra help. Davis also has opened his heart, offering emotional support and financial assistance to students in need. He was honored as Boone High School's Teacher of the Year and received the Mary McLeod Bethune Teacher's Award. He also was recognized by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections for registering students to vote. Despite his long hours in the classroom, Davis still finds time to direct an after-school dance/step troupe called the "Steppin' Braves," which has won numerous competitions.

Franz Minuty

As a Haitian-born language instructor, Franz Minuty has been dedicated to assisting Orlando's Haitian population by tutoring and providing translation assistance as a member of the Parent Leadership Council at Jones High School in Orlando. In his role as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher, Minuty took on the difficult and complex challenge of closing the cultural gap between Haitian and African-American students. Since the majority of Minuty's ESOL students are Haitian, he uses his English classes as forums to promote cross-cultural understanding. He incorporates African-American literary texts and quotations into his lessons, and also teaches his class about the contributions of African-Americans throughout history. Through films, articles and documentaries, Minuty emphasizes the support African-Americans have offered Haitians in the quest for democracy. By integrating black history into his language instruction, he has found a unique way of promoting unity and acceptance.

American Legacy is the magazine of record for African-American history and culture, and is a joint venture between RJR Communications, Inc., and the American Heritage division of Forbes, Inc. It is available on newsstands, paid subscriptions and is distributed free to readers nationwide through churches, and educational and cultural institutions.