KISSIMMEE – Sixteen area African American leaders were honored by U.S. Rep. Darren Soto Feb. 16 when he read their biographies into the Congressional Record in Washington, D.C. as part of Black History Month. Rep. Soto gave Congressional Certificates to several of the 16 at his field office in Kissimmee Feb. 23. Some of the 16 include:
The family of James P. Austin of Lake Wales was honored. Austin made staff sergeant during World War II. After the war he and his family founded the Lake Wales NAACP, and he was president for 33 years. Austin was the first African American mayor of Lake Wales.
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