Columbia diversity awards given to Byndom, Job Point

Thursday, January 17, 2013 | 10:52 a.m. CST; updated 3:04 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 17, 2013
Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid presents Tyree Byndom with a 2013 Columbia Values Diversity award at the 20th annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.

COLUMBIA — Tyree Byndom and Job Point received the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration Award on Thursday.

The Columbia Values Diversity Awards recognize an individual/family and an organization/group involved in the community as advocates for promoting diversity and cultural understanding.

Tyree Byndom, individual/family award winner, asked his daughter Klaye, 5, where to hang the framed award, and she suggested the living room. Klaye joined her father on stage for the award presentation.

"She said she wanted to go," Byndom said.

Byndom was selected for his continuing work promoting social justice and diversity. He's a co-host for three radio shows on KOPN: Lokal Vokalz, Straight Talk, and Kore Issues.

Byndom said he views the award as confirmation and motivation to continue his work. Byndom has revitalized the Douglass Park Neighborhood Association and moved his family back to the First Ward neighborhood so he can be active in assisting with issues such as violence and drug prevention, according to a news release. 

Byndom's involvements also include the National Society of Black Engineers, the Minority Men's Network, PedNet's Unite for Healthy Neighborhoods, the Everyone Eats Program and Columbia's Stop the Violence campaign.

Byndom said he attributes his service to his faith, just like Martin Luther King Jr.

He teared up at the end of the celebration as he hugged his mother, Debra Gentry.

Job Point was given the group award. Created 47 years ago by the Columbia Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club, Job Point was recognized for its programs aiding adults with disabilities, at risk youth, veterans and others. The programs help people find and keep employment.

Frank Aten, vice chair for Job Point, described his time with the organization as an "exciting education to see the service Job Point basically delivers."

Aten said before every board meeting Job Point hears from someone who has gone through the program and has found a job.

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Tyree Byndom January 17, 2013 | 6:27 p.m.

Great article. Thanks.

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