From the Publisher – July/Aug 2017


Few experiences in life are filled with such intrinsic memories as those we share with family. We sit at the knee of elders who inspire our family traditions; we gather information to wrap around the family tree; we engage in important conversations that shape us into the men and women we become. Those cherished life moments get passed down through the generations never to be forgotten.

In this issue of ONYX, we learn how to build a pathway to our roots. Genealogy is gaining in popularity as families yearn to uncover answers about their past. We make good health a family issue as well as provide critical advice and education to help our children make the right choices.

Our cover story centers on a man who has made education and encouraging others his life’s work. Chimay Anumba, Ph.D., is the dean of the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. He is equipping his students with the best tools to become the next generation of leading architectural engineers. We were excited to sit down with him for a one on-one conversation. We also acknowledge the legacy of ONYX Magazine’s co-founder, Mrs. Lillian Seays. The Orange County Public School District and the City of Orlando recognized her dedication to education, and the Memorial Middle School Media Center was named in her honor.

Finally, I would like to thank the outgoing chair of ONYX Magazine’s Advisory Committee, Michelle Tatom, for her years of dedication and leadership which caused the publication to take a quantum leap. We are excited to welcome Deidre Parker, our incoming chair, as we move toward our growth and future endeavors. As always, we remain committed to our readers to entertain, inspire and inform.




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