Parity Inc's top 2018 top ten African American men
Photo: Source: Parity Inc.
Photo: Source: Parity Inc.

Meet Dayton’s ‘Top 10 African-American Men’ of the year

Ten Dayton men were honored for what they do for the youngest among us. 

For the 25th year, Parity, Inc. celebrated mentors, role models and philanthropists at its Top 10 African American Male Luncheon.

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“(We) honor these men just to show that people are appreciative of what they do for children in the community because it is a needed thing,” Thomas Fisher, a member of Parity, Inc.’s steering committee, said. 

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Parity, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission that includes “improving and strengthening the educational, economic and social opportunities for African-Americans in Montgomery County.”

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Each honoree received an award along with a Kente cloth cap and shawl.

Since its start, 250 men have been honored. 

This year’s top 10 African-American males are listed below, with biographical information provided by Parity, Inc.  


Sidney T. Booker, Sr.
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— Educator for over 36 years in Dayton Public Schools, as a middle school science teacher

— Dayton Public School Teacher of the Year recipient

—  Volunteers his time to tutor students and prep them for employment

— Hall of Fame Coach honored at the local, state and national level

— Started two track clubs in the Dayton community

—  As a track coach at Dunbar High School, he produced 24 track and field All Americans to go along with multiple championships

>> PART ONE: Wading in the Water|  Black History in the Miami Valley 1798 to 2001


Dr. Lawrence A. Q. Burnley

— Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Dayton

—  Partners with Dr. Eric Spina, President of the University of Dayton, to focus on West Dayton & set strategic discussions about leveraging its assets, share resources and offer support for development

— Co-founder  and CEO of Inclusive Engagements, Inc., whose work focuses on “Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Change in Communities and Organizations”

— Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity


John A. Lumpkin, Jr.

— Vice President of wealth management at Morgan Stanley; the only African-American vice president advisor in southwest Ohio 

— Member of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA)  and Citywide Development Boards 

 Board chairman of West Dayton Development Trust Fund and co-chair of City of Dayton Citizens Financial Review Board

— Active youth coach of The City of Dayton Recreation & Youth Services basketball & baseball program

— Graduate of Parity, Inc.’s Dayton Black Leadership Program

— Numerous awards, including a 2014 recipient of the Dayton Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 Award

— Founder of John A. Lumpkin Sr. Scholarship Fund

— Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity


Dr. Mark C. McGuire, Sr.

— Senior pastor at Potter’s House Dayton 

— International Ministries for 18 years

— Founder and chief apostle of the One Love Network and  the bishop of the One Love Fellowship, which includes various churches, ministries and Christian businesses internationally

—  Special advisor to the Dayton Restored Citizen Safe Have Summit and special advisor to numerous non-profit organizations around the world

—  Works tirelessly with the Summit, a historic partnership of federal judicial courts, county social service agencies and the faith-based community

— Ministry feeds the community by empowering single moms, prisoners, families and students spiritually/practical knowledge

— Owner of The Dayton Jets, a newly organized International Basketball League team


>> PART II: Wading in the Water| Black History in the Miami Valley 1798 to 2001

Bukari J. Miles

—  Retired from Air Force after 21 years and two wars

—  Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University — teaches course on Diversity & Inclusion

—  Employed by the Miami Valley Hospital

— Coordinates the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. program at work

—  Initiated & facilitated Leadership Boot camp, a session designed to provide leaders with intensive training on how to handle some of the toughest workplace managerial issues

— Member of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board

— Parity, Inc. Dayton Black Leadership Development program participant

— Supports community fundraisers such as the Men at Work! fundraiser for Clothes that Work
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Magistrate Gerald Parker

— Montgomery County Juvenile Court Magistrate primarily presides over juvenile delinquency and traffic cases

— Creator of an after-school “CrossFit” program for at-risk youth where court-involved juveniles are brought to Centerville CrossFit for intense workouts, learning of life skills while building self-esteem, discipline & character

— The “CrossFit” program was featured on WHIO Channel 7’s series “Making a Difference”

— Vice chair of the Dayton Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Committee 

— Raised thousands of dollars for Building Bridges, Inc., which is a private partner with the juvenile court

— Frequently volunteers his time speaking with ex-felons about sealing or expunging their criminal records and assisting them in receiving their Certificate of Qualifications for Employment

— Mentors students at the UD School of Law & speaks at local churches & High Schools

— Member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.


Commissioner Christopher Shaw

— Owner of Shaw Textile Cleaning 

— Montgomery County Black Elected Officials

— Executive Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

— Community Police Council

— Greater Dayton Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Chair

— Montogomery County Workforce Investment Board and Community Action Partnership Board


Gerald S. Simms

—  Retired as a financial specialist from Wright-Patterson  Air Force Base after 30 years 

— Girl Scout Leader and assisted youth soccer & High School football

— Optimist Club member

— Volunteers to the Yellow Springs Community Center Board & Yellow Springs Booster Club

— Co-founded the Young People of Color (YPOC)

— Member of 365 Project, an organization dedicated to the growth and prosperity of minorities 365 days a year

— Human Relations Commission and Community Foundation Review Committee

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J. Thomas Webb

— Retired from Dayton Public Schools after 30 years of service as teacher, assistant  principal and principal

—  Adjunct Professor at University of Dayton for 30 years—  Project Cure’s Board & Drew Health Center Board chairman

— Founded the Roosevelt Memorial Track & Field Meet that also offers scholarships

— Ohio Memorial Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen

— National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

— Provided Dayton-area students scholarships through their family hosted AAMU fish fry for over 35 years

— Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

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Roland Winburn

—  Owner and founder of Ajenti Limousine and Management Service 

 Harrison Township Trustee

— Three terms as state representative for Ohio’s 40th & 43rd house districts

— Held leadership positions with the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC)

— Held membership &/or affiliations with several statewide & Mont. County boards and committees

— Inducted into the Central State University Alumni of Achievement Hall of Fame in 2015

— Member of the Knights of St. Peter Claver and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity