GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Giants Awards -- an event that honors the accomplishments ofAfrican American community leaders in West Michigan -- were heldSaturday night.
The Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Learning Centeraccepted nominations throughout the year and more than 12 leaderswere honored at this 28th annual event.
Since 1983, 13 people or organizations have been recognized fortheir contributions in shaping the history and quality of life inthe greater Grand Rapids area.
Typically, 12 recipients are given various awards and then the"Giant among Giants" award, the most prestigious honor, is handedout.
The "Giant among Giants" award for 2010 was given to Grand Rapids resident Mary Edmond, a formereducator and administrator with the Grand Rapids Public Schools.She worked in the district for 32 years.
She created the African American archives at the Grand RapidsPublic Library.
According to its Web site : "For over 30 years Mary Edmond's personal mission has been tocontribute to the awareness and understanding of African Americanhistory as an integral part of American history. The presentation"I + We = Us: Preserving and Sharing African American History" is aresult of her research and work to uncover African American historyin the state of Michigan and right here in Grand Rapids. She willalso share the results of her latest effort to research her ownfamily genealogy."
She also created "150 years of African American Presence in KentCounty", a long-running exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.She was reappointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to represent civilrights advocates on the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission.
Congratulations to the other 2010 Giants AwardRecipients:
Floyd Skinner Justice Award - Tracey Brame
Walter Coe Public Service Award - Michael Remo
Eugene Browning Medical Award - Paul Doyle
Milo Brown Business Award - Jeremiah "Jerry" White Jr.
Ethel Coe Humanities Award - Vanessa Allen
William Glenn Trailblazer Award - Lauri Parks
Phyllis Scott Activist Award - Arlen Dean Gaddy
H.C. Toliver Religious Life Award - The Rev. David R. Jarrett Sr.
Hattie Beverly Education Award - Bernice Elizabeth Graves
Martha Reynolds Labor Award - H. William Dungey
Raymond Tardy Community Service Award - Chana' Yvette Edmond-Verley
Power lines blocked busy 28th Street near the Grand Rapids-Kentwood border Monday evening.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela will be honored Tuesday morning with a public memorial service expected to be viewed by people around the world.
Jahleel Hoskins was ordered Monday to stand trial in the murder of Grand Rapids mother of five Latrice Maze.