Five men with roots in Baltimore’s Cherry Hill community will be honored, Nov. 1, at Morgan State University at the second annual Legends of Cherry Hill Hall of Fame Banquet.

Singer Jimmy Briscoe, basketball player Leroy Loggins, former Baltimore City police chief Leonard Hamm, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas Sr. and attorney William “Billy” Murphy will be inducted into the hall of fame for the success they’ve had and the way they have served as examples for Cherry Hill children.

“The reason I established this is that I grew up in Cherry Hill and when I grew up there was no evidence and examples of positive success stories,” said event organizer Tauheed Burke.

Burke, who now lives in Washington D.C., says a lot of the friends he grew up with in Cherry Hill are dead. He says that maybe, if they had seen examples of the ways life could be better, they might not have met such tragic fates.

“There was no hope, there was no expectation.”

Burke’s plan is to build a physical space where kids can see paintings of all the Hall of Famers and be inspired. Right now, that doesn’t exist, but Burke says he hopes to begin with a wing at a recreation center that is to soon be built in the community.

Last year, all of the honorees were people who helped in various sports programs in the community. This year, Burke said, he and his team wanted to honor people from different walks of life. He said they looked at people who were connected to the community; people who have been doing the work.

He says that he thinks that part of the reason that the men being honored were able to build such success was because of the community itself.

“It has a lot to do with the systems we had in place 25 years ago. There was a sense of togetherness. We always had activities,” he said, noting that the men are all a little older than he is. “There were activities, there were sports, there was family.”

And, he says, he thinks this event might have inspired a new wave of community activism.

“We’ve always had people doing pockets of work. There’s always somebody giving back. Now that we’ve established that there is a hall of fame, more people are giving back to the community,” he said. “It’s creating a buzz; it’s creating a sense of urgency.”

He said that he believes the seeds they are planting will continue to bear fruit – not just in Cherry Hill, but in Black communities throughout the nation.

“In the next three to five years it’s going to impact our community in a big, big way,” he said.