INDIANAPOLIS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, in conjunction with Steward and Associates, will host a National Black History Celebration featuring an address to Indianapolis local youth by Chef Jeff Henderson, award-winning Executive Chef, New York Times best-selling author and Food Network television personality. This annual youth-oriented public outreach event will be held on Thursday, February 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church located at 4141 High School Road in Indianapolis, IN, where Rev. Dr. Wayne L. Moore is Senior Pastor. The program will also include special guests CBP Assistant Commissioner Office of Administration Eugene Schied, and CBP Office of Diversity and Civil Rights Executive Director Franklin Jones.
Featured speaker Chef Henderson grew up on the tough streets of Central LA and San Diego. In spite of facing tough challenges and seemingly insurmountable pitfalls along the way, Chef Henderson became the first African-American Chef de Cuisine at Caesars Palace, eventually becoming an Executive Chef at several top restaurants including Café Bellagio. Henderson received national attention on numerous TV and radio programs and in print publications, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, CNBC, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, People and USA Today. He was also the personality behind the Food Network's The Chef Jeff Project, which takes six at-risk young adults and commits to turning their lives around.
"Every year we extend an invitation to our Indianapolis community schools to experience this celebration of diversity and hear from notable African-Americans. This year, we believe Chef Jeff's inspirational biography will arrest the consciousness of those who hear him, and unleash the potential in each of us," said Darlene M. Sedwick, CBP Director of Field Programs East for the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights. "For the past 20 years, we have partnered with Steward and Associates, Inc., and more recently with Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, with a primary goal of uplifting, enlightening and empowering our youth. This year we will continue on that path."
The CBP Office of Diversity and Civil Rights is responsible for developing, establishing and administering all CBP policies and programs necessary to ensure compliance with Federal civil rights and civil liberties laws, executive orders and relevant federal policies.