It's Healing Time
Subjects: Historic Designation
Description: This is the program book for the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.Birthday Celebration.
Date: January 16, 2005
Original Format: Special Event Program
Relation: Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church
Contributor: Kamilah Stinnett
Transcript: Its Healing Time
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. His religious upbringing in the King home shaped his destiny and thereby shaped the destiny of African Americans, now and forever more. He graduated from Morehouse College at the age of 19 and entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He graduated at the top of his class and was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship to Boston University. Upon receiving his Doctoral Degree at age 26 in 1955, Dr. King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott to change the discriminatory practice in public transportation. On August 28, 1963, Dr. King led 300,000 marchers to Washington D.C. where he delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. On December 10, 1964 at the young age of 35, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent philosophy in addressing segregation. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated while protesting the rights of sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. In 1985, Congress passed legislation designating Dr. King’s birthday as a national holiday with the first national observance occurring in January of 1986.
Message from the President
“A Time To Heal”
We have just come out of one of the most divisive elections in American History. America against America. Race against Race. Rich against Poor. If you are not with me, I really don’t like you, and I will go to every extreme to justify these feelings. That is the current sentiment washing over this country-even now that the Presidential Election is finally over. After the battle has ended, and the dust and smoke has cleared, we look around at each other. Yes, some have won and some have lost, and the words are easy to take back, but it is the feeling that has not necessarily changed. Grave hostility still permeates. This hostility makes it extremely difficult to make real progress on pertinent subjects-subjects that were given great attention and made great promises about during the campaign by everyone.
During the election, all candidates expressed grave concerns about the state of our healthcare system; however, none presented any plan that much different from the existing system. Very little improvement if any can be expected. There is, in fact, at this time, a decrease in benefits predicted due to severe budget shortages across the board.
This leads me to the federal aid issue. We have been told at every level that the county is in budget restraint because of the War in Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terrorism and elsewhere around the world. When American was criticized because of the small amount pledged for the Tsunami disasters (15,000,000) 350,000,00 more was found. I strongly support aid to this stricken part of the world, not because it could happen to us, but because it is the humane thing to do. However, hunger is in Afghanistan as it is in Sri Lanka. Contaminated water causes the same condition in Haiti, Africa, India, South America and all parts long before the tsunami. If we can find the money for the rest of the world, why can’t we find it for home? As the song goes, mama may have…Papa may have…but God bless the child that has its own. By now I would think that America should know that we can’t buy the world.
For Detroiters, the year 2005 dictates major change for us. Three chief offices are at stake: Mayor, City Council, and The Board of Education. Billions of dollars are involved here. As a major Afircan American city, it is safe to say that we are more divided than ever before. Some say we just don’t like each other. Some say we are even still concerned about the color of our skin, and the texture of our hair (in 2005), or our social economic stature. Regardless of whatever validity remains or doesn’t remain in such nonsense, fate has dealt us a blow in this city, state and nation so that our only option is to ask ourselves “what can I contribute in a positive manner that will heal our city?” Everyone has a role to play; we must be part of the solution and not simply contribute to the problem.
And to those aspiring to serve us: bring us a map without the rap. After all, all we have is each other.
Dr. Claud Young
President, SCLC Michigan Chapter, Inc.
National Board Member, SCLC
Pastor of the Year
Rev. Jim Holley, Ph.D.
Little Rock Baptist Church
The Rev. Dr. Jim Holley is one of the most sought after Pastors/Businessman in the city of Detroit for his opinion, advice, and counseling in areas of the community, civic and religious concerns. He is rated by the Detroit Free Press as one of the top five ministers in Michigan and was named Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News and by Crain’s Business Magazine as one of the “Foremost Voices in Detroit”.
Rev. Jim Holley is a committed Christian, eloquent preacher, scholar and compassionate pastor and a loyal friend to those who have no voice in affairs of the community. Rev. Dr. Jim Holley believes, “The Will of God will never lead you where the Grace of God cannot keep you.”
Rev. Holley began his adult studies at Chicago Theological Seminary where he earned both a Bachelors and masters of Arts in Divinity, followed by two Doctorates from Wayne State University and Drew University and a Bachelor of Science from Tennessee State University.
Rev. Holley is an accomplished author. His publications include the Handbook for Brotherhood Organizations; Manual for Brotherhood Organization; The Mission, The Minister, The Ministry; A Guide To Successful Preaching & Pastorinig; The Drama of Human Suffering; The Buck Stops Here; Jesus, This Is Jim; The Spirit Speaks; and The Can Do Attitude in a Can’t Do Atmosphere.
In June 2005, Rev. Jim Holley will complete 33 years as Pastor of the Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church. During this period of leadership so much was accomplished. There is not enough time to discuss them all, but to name just a few: Acquisition and renovation of the present location; Facility for job training development, and placement; Acquisition of Little Rock Village (Housing Development); the founder of Little Rock Christian Care Center; Multi-Million land for 75 homes; Acquisition of buildings in the community (Outreach Ministry); 30 million dollar education facility-Charter School (K-12).
There are so many things that have been accomplished, seen and unseen, credit and non-credit, by the Rev. Dr. Jim Holley including serving as: President and CEO of Cogno Advertising Agency, at one time the only full service advertising agency in Detroit; President and CEO of Country Preacher Foods, Inc., the largest minority food distributor in the world (with contracts serving Alliant Hospitals, Aramark, Sara Lee Foods, Northwest Airlines, Premiere Marriot with all proceeds donated to an education endowment); Founder and Chariman of the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, a K-12 Charter School; Founder and President of East/West Cargo Airlines, the largest minority cargo airline in the U.S. and Founder and President of Valet Systems of Michigan.
The Rev. Dr. Holley was appointed to the Detroit Police Commission by the Mayor of the City of Detroit in 2003.
Rev. Holley also initiated giving 7,500 pair of shoes annually to welfare children, and Easter egg hunt for 10,000 children, providing for 60,000 families at Hero’s night, offering 200 homeless transition housing and a guaranteed college to all academy graduates, with more than 100 children were helped in the college challenges.
Rev. Holley is the proud husband of Misti, the loving father of Tiffany and the proud grandfather of Taelor who lives by the motto, “The measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comforts and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”
Office of the Governor January 16, 2005
As Governor of the State of Michigan, I am indeed both honored and delighted to extend greetings to you on your 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Awards Dinner.
You are to be commended for the consistent and unwavering contributions that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference have made to the civil rights movement. I applaud you in your great efforts.
We are constantly reminded that we all have a role to play in ereadicating the social ills of inequality, prejudice and bigotry. We continue to have challenges confront us that we must deal with. Yet, in spite of all challenges we must remain steadfast and continue to fight for the rights of all people regardless of race or creed.
I applaud you on selecting Reverend Jim Holley as Pastor of the year. He is certainly most deserving of such a prestigious title that has been given to him by some of the most outstanding, committed and dedicated pastors in the world. Rev. Holley and the Little Rock Baptist Church have certainly played a vital and important role not only in the church, but the community as well. The great work that they have done has not gone unnoticed.
I also commend you on selecting such a timely theme “Restoring Faith and Harmony: It’s Healing Time”. Continue to keep alive the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a great visionary leader who inspired all of us to reach for our personal best.
On behalf of the citizens of the State of Michigan, we wish you continued success in your future endeavors. Enjoy the celebration and continue the fight for justice for all.
Jennifer M. Granholm
January 12, 2005
It gives me great pleasure to extend greetings to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on the occasion of its 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, and Ministers’ Awards Dinner.
I am honored to stand with this historic organization and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; a great individual whose fortitude and vision helped open the doors of opportunity for African Americans. Dr. King’s commitment to desegregation and equality makes possible our current participation in the richness of the American experience. His legacy continues to inspire people throughout the world.
On behalf of my administration and the citizens of Detroit, I welcome each of you and salute your commitment to continuing Dr. King’s vision. May the SCLC continue to grow and positively impact our nation and world.
Kwame M. Kilpatrick
SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 23RD ANNUAL MINISTERS AWARDS DINNER
DETROIT MARRIOTT HOTEL
JANUARY 16, 2005
On behalf of the Detroit City Council, I am delighted to extend greetings and congratulations to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on its 23rd Annual Ministers Awards Dinner. I am honored to welcome those traveling from cities and coming to enjoy the venues our City has to offer.
It is always rewarding to praise those who serve the church because you deliver the message of knowledge and faith throughout the community. I am pleased to be able to recognize our spiritual leaders who demonstrate Christian love and provide resources to the communities in which they serve. This awards banquet is just an example of the appreciation expressed in the dedication and commitment that ministers give to their church community. I’m sure that many have been blessed because the time and generosity put forth.
Again, congratulations on this glorious occasion and I hope that everyone enjoy the festivities that this event will bring.
Maryann Mahaffey, ACSW
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-2213
January 10, 2005
Congratulations as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference host its 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration, Sunday, January 16, 2005.
The Annual Ministers’ Awards Dinner is wonderful opportunity to recognize various individuals for their effortless contributions to the business community, churches, schools and families in the City of Detroit.
I applaud the hard work and dedication of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. I wish you continued success as we strive to develop and embrace our community.
Carolyn C. Kilpatrick
Member of Congress
January 12, 2005
Dr. Claud Young
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
5050 Joy Road
Detroit, MI 48024
Dear Dr. Young:
It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Celebration. This organization’s unwavering commitment to fighting for human rights for all people has made the SCLC one of the most respected civil rights organizations in the world.
I applaud your decision and devotion to the dream that defines us all, Martin Luther King’s dream “that one day all Americans would live in a nation where they would be judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character, “is a dream that still eludes us 42 years after it was first articulated.
The SCLC embodies the vision and philosophy of its founding president, Dr. Marlin Luther King, Jr., and the hopes, aspirations, and energy of countless politicians, community leaders and youthful visionaries. Your continued success has given many the courage to keep fighting to make the Dream a reality.
Again, congratulations on the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Celebration. This event is an important celebration of the life of a visionary and helps keep Dr. King’s legacy alive.
Very truly yours,
John Conyers, Jr.
Member of Congress
Robert A. Ficano
January 16, 2005
On behalf of the citizens of Wayne County, it is my pleasure to salute the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Michigan Chapter during the 23rd Annual Minister’s Awards Dinner.
This organization remains a powerful legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s leadership and commitment to humanity through his championship of Civil Rights continues to strengthen and sustain the SCLC’s mission “to bring about the promise of ‘one nation, under God, INDIVISBLE’ together with the commitment to activate the ‘strength to love’ within the community of humankind.”
Wayne County and the entire Detroit region is fortunate to have such a strong Michigan chapter and I want to congratulate each of this year’s award recipient for their dedication to promoting the principals of this fine organization. May you continue to reap success from all of your endeavors as you remain steadfast to your mission.
Robert A. Ficano
Wayne County Executive
January 16, 2005
Dr. Claude Young
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
8500 14th Street
Detroit, MI 48085
Dear Dr. Young,
Congratulations to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on its 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.
The SCLC’s devotion as an advocate for spiritual growth, health, education, and economic development is to be commended. Dr. Young, you have proven to be great leader in your tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for all of Wayne County’s residents.
Again, congratulations and best wishes to you, your board of directors and to the entire memberships of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Warren C. Evans
Wayne County Sheriff
Wayne County Commission
Office of the Chair
Dr. Claud R. Young
President, SCLC Michigan Chapter
Chairman, National Board
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
5050 Joy Road
Detroit, Michigan 48204
Dear Dr. Young:
On behalf of my Wayne County Commission colleagues, I send heartfelt greetings to the honorees and participants of the 2005 Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Sunday, January 16.
The honorees of the SCLC Annual Ministers’ Awards Dinner are to be commended for continuing to fulfill the legacy of Dr. King’s legacy of love, hope, and perseverance. I salute the local business, community, education, education, healthcare, political, media and religious leaders for their efforts to reach the civil and human rights goal that were tirelessly pursued by Dr. King. He was a man of peace, and this is an ideal time for us to rededicate ourselves to resolving conflicts in a nonviolent manner.
I wish everyone good fortune as we celebrate the life of a leader who made the ultimate sacrifice for our quest for freedom.
Peace and blessings!
Jewel Ware, Chair
Wayne County Commission
Ella M. Bully-Cummings
January 10, 2004
As Chief of Police, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the city of Detroit. I take great pride in the fact that Detroit has been chosen to host this exciting event. Congratulations to the Michigan Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), on the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. In particular, I would like to commend those individuals who are being honored for their exemplary leadership and commitment to the community.
In the 48 years since its inception, the SCLC has grown from a regional grass roots organization, to the prominent national civil rights organization that continues to stimulate change in human rights policy in the United States and other nations throughout the world. The services provided by the SCLC are truly a global asset. The programs provided by all of the chapters of the SCLC directly affect the quality of life for the recipients, and improve the well-being of the community as a whole.
The cross-cultural initiatives entered into by the SCLC have fostered meaningful dialogue throughout this community, which has been the catalyst for opening doors to friendships and business alliances that will serve to enrich the community, as we grow into one of the most unique multicultural urban hubs in the world. I am extremely proud of the work being done to achieve successful inclusion of the heritages of all of the members of this community.
Again, I send my congratulations and best wishes to the SCLC for a very successful event.
Ella M. Bully-Cummings
Chief of Police
Congratulatons to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration.
“I want you to be able to say that I tried to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.”
Alberta Tinsley Talabi
Detroit City Council Member
1340 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Robert Millender Award
Reverend Wendell J. Anthony
President, Detroit Branch NAACP
Pastor, Fellowship Chapel
Reverend Wendell Anthony is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He was educated in the Detroit Public School system. He graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Poliical Science, and Marygrove College with an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. He also attended the University of Detroit for advanced study in Black Theology. Reverend Anthonyis also a Certified Social Worker with the State of Michigan. He became the Pastor of Fellowship Chapel in December of 1986 following the passing of Reverend James E. Wadsworth, Jr. Through the grace of God and the labor of his ministry, the church has experienced the greatest growth in its 35 year history. Through its James E. Wadsworth, Jr. Community Center, Fellowship Chapel has a full-time Outreach Ministry with several community programs.
Reverend Anthony has traveled extensively throughout Africa. He leads a group from Detroit each year on a special pilgrimage to visit the roots of American-Americans and to establish cultural ties between Detroit and Africa. In 1990, Reverend Anthony served as a special delegate with the Religious Action Network to South Africa representing clergy from across the country. He held a meeting with the African National Congress, South African Council of Churches, Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Reverend Allan Bosesak to discuss political and social conditions inside South Africa. He has preached in churches in both West and South Africa and the Caribbean. Reverend Anthony served as Co-Chairman of the International Mandela Freedom Tour to the City of Detroit, 1990. Reverend Anthony is the current President of the Detroit Branch NAACP, the largest branch in the country.
In 1993, Reverend Anthony organized and led a march of over 250,000 persons in the City of Detroit to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the march of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Detroit in June of 1963. This was the largest march organized for this purpose since 1963. In June of 2003, Reverend Anthony, along with thousands of supporters commemorated the 40th Anniversary of this march with a re-enactment march down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. In 1994, Reverend Anthony was a part of a special delegation of the National NAACP leadership to visti South Africa in support of the national elections held in April of 1994. In 1994, Reverend Anthony organized a Rwanda Relief Effort in which the Detroit Branch NAACP raised nearly one million dollars for food, medicine, clothing and transportation vehicles to aid in the relief for the hundreds of thousands of refugees in both Rwanda and Zaire.
In April of 2000, Reverend Anthony organized Project D.R.E.A.M.Z.S. (Detroit Relief Effort to Aide Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa) to aid the victims of the flood in those nations. In 1995, Reverend Anthony served as a Co-Chairman for the Million Man March Committee. Detroit had the largest delegation with more than 75,000 men in attendance in Washington D.C. Reverend Anthony is the former Co-Chair of the Detroit Fair Banking Alliance, responsible for negotiating over $7.2 billion in economic development with local banking institutions. In March of 1996, Reverend Anthony founded the Fellowship Chapel Health Care Clinic in Cape Coast, Ghana, providing medical service to children and adults throughout the central region. Reverend Anthony has served as a member of the Detroit Building Authority since 1994, overseeing the construction and various building programs within the city of Detroit. Currently he serves as the Citizen Trustee for the Detroit General Retirement System Pension Fund, managing a pension fund of nearly three billion dollars. Reverend Anthony has also served as the chairman of the Citizens Review Panel, which was formulated to study and to make recommendations for new policies and procedures on the use of less-than lethal force by the Detroit Police Department.
In November 2000, he founded the Freedom Institute for Economic, Social Justice and Political Empowerment, which sponsors Freedom Weekend annually in the city of Detroit. He is a single father with two daughters, Tolani (toe-lah-nee) and Maia (my-ee-yah). Reverend Anthony is currently serving his sixth term as president of the Detroit Branch NAACP.
Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
Dr. Charles Gilchrist Adams, the son of Charles Nathaniel Adams and the late Clifton Gilchrist Adams, was born December 13, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. He was baptized by his granduncle, the late Gordon Blaine Hancock, of Richmond, Virginia. He attended Fisk University, where he was President of the Sophomore Class and Vice President of the Student Council. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and Harvard University. He went on to become a doctoral fellow in Union Theological Seminary, New York City. He has been awarded ten honorary doctorates from such institutions as Morehouse College, Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan and the University of Michigan.
From 1962-1969, Dr. Adams served as Pastor of historic Concord Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts, New England’s largest African American congregation. Since 1969, he has been Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. He has taught theological courses in Boston University, Andover Newton School of Theology, Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, and Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He currently teaches at the Ecumenical Theology Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.
In 1989, Dr. Adams was invited to speak before the United Nations on South African apartheid; and spoke before the World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Charles G. Adams preached at the Seventh General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 1991 in Canberra, Australia, and was elected to the World Council of Churches’ Central Committee.
When the Unit Commissions and Working Groups of the World Council of Churches met in Evian, France in May 1992, Dr. Adams was called upon to address the causes and challenges of the riot in Los Angeles that followed the Semi Valley Verdict that acquitted the Los Angeles policemen who were responsible for the beating of Rodney King.
In October 1994, Dr. Adams was invited by President William Clinton to accompany him to Jordan to witness the signing of the Peace Accord between Jordan and Israel.
Among numerous honors and awards, Harvard Divinity School Alumni Day presented Dr. Adam with the coveted Rabbi Marvin Katzenstein Award, given annually to distinguished alumnus.
Ebony Magazine has cited him as one of America’s greatest Black preachers, and among Ebony’s top 10 influential Black Americans. Dr. Adams was the Black Enterprise December 1993 cover story on Economic Development in the Black Church.
Dr. Adams was elected President of the Detroit Branch NAACP, the largest branch in the country. He is a member of the General Board and the Christian Ethics Committee of the Baptist World Alliance, a member of the World Council of Churches Board of Directors, a member of the General Board of Overseers Visiting Committee of Harvard Divinity School Black Alumni Association. Dr. Adams is the past President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention.
Dr. Adams serves on the Board of Trustees of Morehouse College in Atlanta and Morris College of Sumpter, South Carolina. He is a member of the Board of Directors of First Independence National Bank of Detroit. He is member of Phi Mu Alpha and Omega Psi Phi. He is married to Agnes Hadley Adams and he is the father of Tara Adams Washington, M.D., a Staff Physician in the Department of Radiology Oncology at Harper Hospital in Detroit and Rev. Charles Christian Adams, Assistant to the Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church.
Outstanding Health Achievement Award
Conrad Mallett, Jr.
Conrad Mallet, president of Sinai-Grace Hospital, has served the Detroit community for more than 20 years. His service began in 1983 where he served as Direcetor of Legal and Governmental Affairs for the State of Michigan. Two years later, Mallet had the honor to work on Mayor Coleman A. Young staff as a Senior Executive Assistant. After three years in private law practice, he was appointed by Gov. Jim Blanchard to the Michigan State Supreme where he served as an Associate Justice from 1990 to 1996. In 1997, he ascended to Chief Justice providing judicial leadership until his retirement in 1999. Upon his retirement, Mallet returned to private practice with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. for three years. Mallet returned to the public sector in 2002 as the Chief Operating Officer, City of Detroit in Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick’s administration. His counsel to the mayor was immeasurable in establishing operating procedures and protocol. Mallet later entered the private sector as President and General Counsel of Hawkins Food Group where he led the corporation until 2003. In March, 2003, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Detroit Medical Center. Six months later, Mallett was selected to head Sinai-Grace Hospital. As its president, Mallett has made significant strives in enhancing the image and improving the delivery system of the hospital.
Mallet received many honors including the Ron Brown Award/Urban League and Kappa Alpha Psi Distinguished Citizen Award. He has been awarded honorary doctorates at Detroit College of Law at MSU and University of Detroit-Mercy. Mallet continues to share his vast legal, corporate and health care experience as an Adjunct Professor of Businees/Health Care Law at Oakland University. He seats on the Lear Corporation and YMCA of Detroit boards. Mallett received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California (1975); master’s and law degrees from the University of Southern California (1979) and MBA from Oakland University (2002).
Economic Achievement Award
Greater Grace Temple
Crisette is a native of Detroit and graduate of Michigan State University where she majored in Public Affairs Management. She is married to Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who is the Pastor of Greater Grace Temple and has two children Kiera, 14 and Charles IV, age 12. She is the Director of the Powerful Women of Purpose (PWP), Women’s Ministry of Greater Grace Temple. Also, she is an instructor in the Christian Education Department. One of her goals is to help young ladies and women discover their purpose and potential both naturally and spiritually and increase their self-esteem.
In November 2002, Crisette made history by becoming Michigan’s first and youngest African American National Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She has 11 successful years in Mary Kay and has earned 8 free cars, including 4 pink Cadillac’s, all expense paid trips to Paris France, Edinbrough Scotland, Rome Italy, Montreux Switzerland and other substantial awards and gifts. Also, Crisette was presented with the 2004 Business Woman of the Year award by the Alabama A&M University Alumni Association. As a mentor to young ladies and women, her leadership has enable women to cross a bridge that led them into the land of opportunity and prosperity.
As a First Lady, mother, and entrepreneur, she enjoys being able to encourage and sow optimism into the live of church members, her community and people around the country. She has traveled throughout the U.S. influencing and motivating multitudes to become all that God has created them to be. She exemplifies the scripture that states: “To whom much is given much is required” and her favorite scripture is “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” Guided by these scripture, Crisette provides inspiration and spiritual encouragement into the lives of many.
Broadcast Media Award
Although Glenda Lewis grew up with a broadcasting legend for a mother, it was not her lifelong dream to pursue a career in broadcasting.
When asked why she chose broadcasting after recieveing her B.A. in Advertising and Marketing at Michigan State University, Glenda told the story of her first job interview. She took a personality profile while interviewing for her first job, and realized that all her best attributes related to her being a reporter.
“It was like a light-bulb went off,” Glenda explained. “I realized I wanted to be in news, so I turned down the sales position I had interviewed for.” Glenda did post graduate work at Specs Howard School of Broadcasting to prepare for her newly chosen career path.
Glenda Lewis joined the WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 new team on September 1, 2003, as the co-anchor of Action News Saturday and Sunday at 6p.m. and 11p.m. and Action News at 10p.m. on UPN50. She is also a reporter. Before working her way to her home town, Glenda began her career as a reporter/photographer at WBKB-TV in Alpena. She then moved on to WLNS-TV in Lansing as a reporter/anchor. Next, she spent five years at WJRT-TV in Flint as co-anchor of ABC12 News at 6p.m. and 11p.m. before joining Channel 7.
Glenda takes journalism very seriously and is a journalist for the viewers. Their trust is an important part of her job.
Detroit has always been Glenda’s home. She loves spending time in Greektown and her favorite Detroit restaurant is Sweet Georgia Brown. She also loves dancing, and Half Past Three is one of her favorite places to go.
Glenda also participates in many community organizations; including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Negro College Fund, American Lung Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the NAACP.
Print Media Award
Detroit Free Press
A 1984 University of Virginia Law School graduate, Desiree Cooper left her practice at a prestigious Detroit law firm in 1988 to become general counsel to New Detroit, Inc. an urban coalition for social policy. At New Detroit, she spearheaded community based anti-crime projects including neighborhood watch, conflict resolution training and parenting skills classes.
In 1989, Michigan Governor James Blanchard appointed her to serve on the Michigan Corrections Commission. As a member of the commission, Ms. Cooper met with prisoners and corrections officials statewide, reviewed decisions of the parole board and listened to community concerns about the treatment of prisoners.
In 1992, her anti-crime work led her to Wayne State University where she ran a half-million dollar; federally funded project designed to replicate successful, and community concerns about the treatment of prisoners.
In 1992, her anti-crime work led her to Wayne State University where she ran a half-million dollar federally funded project designed to replicate successful, and community crime prevention models. At Wayne State University, Ms. Cooper also taught a year-long course in race relations and began freelancing an award-winning, bi-weekly column. “The Side of 30”, for Detroit’s alternative newsweekly the Metro Times. The column focused on life in Detroit, with a strong emphasis on race relations and women’s and children’s issues.
In 1994, Ms. Cooper was asked to serve as editor-in-chief of the Metro Times, despite that fact that she had never worked in a newsroom. Under her leadership, the publication increased its circulation by 20,000 (to 110,000) and doubled its readership to 600,000.
In 1997, she resigned as editor and shifted to a writing position so that she could focus upon her first love, feature writing. In January 1999, Ms Cooper was recruited to become a columnist at the Detroit Free Press. She was nominated for a Pulitzer in 2000 and 2001 for her coverage of the trial of Nathaniel Abraham, and 11-year-old from Pontiac who was tried as an adult for murder. Ms. Cooper has also won awards from Radcliffe College, Planned Parenthood and the Michigan Press Association for her journalism and several national prizes for her fiction and poetry. Her non-fiction story, “Color My World,” was selected for inclusion in an anthology entitled, “Children of the Dream: Our stories of Growing up Black in America,” Simon & Schuster, 1999.
Ms. Cooper’s interest in the human condition was shaped by her childhood as an Air Force dependent. Born in Itazuke, Japan, she spent nine of her formative years living on three different Japanese islands. She also has lived in Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland and Michigan.
At 44, Ms. Cooper has been married to her law school sweetheart for 20 years. She has two children: a son who is 17 and a daughter aged 14. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1981 with a double major in journalism and economics, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Cooper obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1984. She and her family reside Detroit, Michigan.
Mildred Gaddis, a 28 year radio veteran, has been described by The Detroit Free Press as one of ten (10) African Americans to watch in Detroit. Her no-nonsense, but warm and inspiring style has made her a force to be reckoned with, and admired by, politicians and residents through Metro Detroit. Often, she doesn’t have to track people down to be on her show, they call her!
Her hard hitting and sometimes-controversial style of interviewing has landed her into the homes and cars of many metro Detroiters during their morning commute. She is the host of “Inside Detroit” form 6am-10am weekdays on WCHB AM 1200, A Radio One station. According to Arbitron Ratings Services, Mildred Gaddis continues to rant as the top morning show host with listeners who spend the longest time listening.
Having arrived in Detroit sixteen years ago, Ms. Gaddis has successfully garnered her way into Detroit radio. Her skills provided her the opportunity to travel to China with former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and Governor John Engler.
Ms. Gaddis was recently named “Professional Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Negro Business Women’s Organization. Midlred Gaddis is a member of the Detroit Urban League Board. Ms. Gaddis is a graduate of Texas Southern University and the mother of thirteen-year-old daughter Khia. She is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Gertrude Powe Award
Daedra A. Von Mike McGhee
Business and Civic Affairs Advisor to the Governor
Governor’s Office for Southeast Michigan
Daedra McGhee’s portfolio includes serving as Associate Director for the Michigan Region of a national human relations organization, NCCJ (The National Conference for Community and Justice), formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews—Greater Detroit Round Table). There she designed, developed, implemented and managed several distinctive programming strategies. One such hallmark program is the Police Community Relations Education Program which included the Citizens Police Academy, the Middle School Youth Violence Prevention Program, Police-Community Dialogue Forums on Understanding the Criminal Justice System, and Multicultural Community Dialogues to improve respect and understanding between Arab, Muslim, African and Chaldean American communities in Detroit.
She was responsible for having conceptually developed the original design and framework for unique 32-hour Human Relations Training and Community Immersion Program, for the Detroit Police Department developed, organized and served as facilitator for the law enforcement and community leadership collaborative initiative, ALPACT (Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust) a statewide coalition to improve police and community trust in the Michigan Region, engaged this diverse leadership in establishing a level of openness and trust that resulted in meaningful dialogue to convey sensitive and challenging issues such as racial profiling, which now serves as a nationwide model for interactive engagement between law enforcement and community leaders; initially designed and directed the Safe Streets Partnership Effort, an initiative to engage community and business to increase the safety of students as they travel to and from school in Detroit, and successfully authored proposals receiving over $900,000 in several private foundation, federal, state, and Michigan Governor’s Discretionary Fund Grant awards.
McGhee’s career includes being honored as one of 100 Outstanding Women in the City of Detroit, recognized by the Detroit City Council, the Michigan House of Representatives, former Governor John Engler, and former United States Attorney General Janet Reno for outstanding police community relations programs including effective programs to reduce youth violence in middle schools, and served as a member of the Detroit Grant Team that successfully received funding for the City of Detroit from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Detroit’s Health and Safety of Children Initiative.
McGhee is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, a WK Kellogg Foundation Leadership Fellow, a Center for Creative Leadership Fellow, La Jolla, California—Brussels Belgium; Eureka Communities Fellow-a national leadership and mentoring experience for non-profit leaders, and former member of the Citizens Advisory Board for Wayne County Youth.
McGhee’s awards and honors include The Alliance Coordinating Council and Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year Award, Wayne State University Alumni of the Year, Community Leader Award, Eureka Communities, Inc., ADC-American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee Building Bridges Award, United States Attorney General’s Leadership Award Recommendation Sponsored by the INS and the FBI for “Outstanding Leadership Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety”-Michigan Region, United States Department of Drug Enforcement Administration Leadership Award, Appointment by Honorable Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, and HP Devco Highland Park Economic Development Partnership Award.
A member of Women of Wayne and the board of directors of Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies CLL Alumni Association, Daedra is pursuing a dual Masters-PhD of Interdisciplinary Studies at Wayne State University.
Social Equality Achievement Award
Dr. Curtis L. Ivery
Wayne County Community College District
As he enters his 10th year as Chancellor of the Wayne County Community College District, Dr. Curtis l. Ivery, is bestowed with the 2005 SCLC Social Equality Achievement Award. Dr. Ivery’s professional and civic interests exemplify the SCLC’s mission of creating productive, innovate and cohesive efforts in eliminating discrimination.
He is a columnist, commentator and speaker of several decades-from his position of journalist, prominent educator and government official, calling on his expertise with urban and minority issues as a community leader and bringing the wisdom he learned from his family colleagues as he overcame childhood obstacles to a life filled with professional and personal success. Growing up in the segregated South, Dr. Ivery saw firsthand the pain of discrimination, leaving an indelible mark on his psyche as to what exactly he wanted to one day do with his life—to help people develop enriching, prosperous and joyous lives.
He has pioneered the use of education as a tool to uplift communities and raise awareness on social issues. Dr. Ivery was the initiator and the driving force behind the nationally acclaimed Educatinal Summit in 2002, the “Crisis in Urban America”-a symposium of prominent educators, politicians and community activists addressing the challenges facing urban America in order to bring the issues more strongly to national attention and devise workable solutions.
A second Educational Summit was held in November 2003 under his leadership titled, “You and Your Baby: An Early Childhood Development Expo” and was conducted to help parents and caregivers of young children understand the cognitive developments in infants, their needs and the respnsiblities of parenting. The “Bookworm Club”, a volunteer program that encourages children between the ages of three and seven to learn to read, was an outgrowth of this summit.
In November 2004, Dr. Ivery conducted the most recent Educational Summit, the “Rebuilding Lives Conference” and invited academic, government and community leaders from across the country to address the problems of incarceration, to identify and develop policies and actions that abate the cause and effect of mass incarceration that plague the economic, civic and social vitality of our nation.
It is with this mission in mind that Dr. Ivery works with several local organizations including New Detroit Inc, and the Detroit Urban League.
Dr. Ivery is the recipient of numerous awards, with the most recent including the National Excellence in Leadership from Radio One Inc.; Detroit “Favorite Fathers” from the National Partnership for Community Leadership; Walter E. Douglas Humanitarian Award from the Detroit Omega Foundation and the Zenobia Payne-Drake Humanitarian Ward from Black Family Development, all bestowed in 2004.
In addition to leading one of the nation’s largest community colleges, Dr. Ivery is also a noted author, and his newest work, “Journeys of Conscience,” a collection of essays that examine modern American culture was recently published.
Global Spiritual Leadership Award
Bishop John Sheard
Michigan Southwest Jurisdiction #1
• Born March 27, 1936, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
• Graduated from Mound Bayou Consolidated High School in 1954
• Moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1954
• Married Willie Mae Gordon in 1956
• Attended Henry Ford Community College
• Attended Wayne County Community College-Earned Associates Degree
• Attended Wayne State University-Earned Bachelor of Science Degree in Education
• Attended Wayne State University-Masters Degree in Education
• Son, John Drew born 1959 and son, Ethan Blake born in 1964
• Acknowledged call to the Ministry in 1974
• Ordained an Elder by the late Bishop John Seth Bailey
• Appointed Pastor Mitchell St. C.O.G.I.C in 1982
• Appointed District Superintendent by the late Bishop J.O. Patterson in 1984
• Appointed State Youth Leader by the late Bishop Willie L. Harris in 1984
• Appointed Executive Board Member to Bishop Harris in 1986
• Consecrated Jurisdictional Prelate in 1992
• Honorary Degree-Doctor of Humane Letters bestowed 1994
• 20 years, Veteran Retired Detroit Public School Teacher
• Appointed Police Commissioner of City of Detroit in 1994
• Pastor of Greater Mitchell Temple C.O.G.I.C for 22 years
• Appointed Pastor of the Year 2001
• Introduced the first Social Problems Classroom the City of Detroit
• Currently the Chairman of the Board of Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, World Wide