Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards 2022 recipients announced – The Suburban Times


City of Tacoma announcement.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards recognize excellence in community service activities carried out by an individual, organization or group, and seek to encourage similar efforts by others who may wish to serve in the community. community. These awards are presented annually during the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday in the City of Tacoma.

The City’s Events and Recognitions Committee will honor Gail Neal with the Lifetime Service Award, Latasha Ware with the Emerging Leader Award, and Mayor Woodards will present special recognitions to Candace Wesley and posthumously to Tracie L. Davis at the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 17, 2022. The program will be presented in a virtual format again this year.

The Lifetime Service Award honors an individual or group who is dedicated to providing service to a particular community or population. The Selection Board said of Ms. Neal: “This year’s recipient has embodied the heart of this award through her dedicated service to our beloved community. Kudos to Gail Neal, who has served our most vulnerable for over 30 years at the Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center. The center has 22 Tacoma family support programs and relies almost exclusively on state and federal contracts and funding, using a fee-for-service model. Gail and her team have provided child care, educational classes and resources while creating a legacy of support and love for the families they serve.

The Emerging Leader award is intended for people aged 29 or younger. “. “She has worked with local organizations like Tacoma Community House (TCH), helping community members continue their education and secure paid internships. One of his projects includes creating a visual and audio storytelling project to elevate the stories of immigrants and refugees living in Tacoma.

Special recognition of Candace Wesley by Mayor Woodards. Mr. Rogers encouraged us to ‘seek helpers’ when we need reassurance during fearful or difficult times, and there are few ‘helpers’ whose example of community service is more inspiring. than Candace Wesley, “said Mayor Victoria Woodards.” She is a cornerstone of the City of Tacoma, always giving generously of her time and many talents to uplift and support the community. Quite often, she is found growing. lend a helping hand before anyone has even had a chance to ask for help. That she show solidarity, with food, to organize marches for peace in times of community tragedy, or whoever ‘she brings people together to express and feel joy in community celebrations, Candace Wesley has made countless vital contributions that make this city and all who call it home. “

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Special recognition from Mayor Woodards to Tracie L. Davis. Although it was heartbreaking to lose Tracie Davis earlier this year after her long battle with cancer, she left a lasting legacy that will always be a part of Tacoma. She was a pillar and a light to all who knew her. , and she has generously used her many gifts – as a gospel actress, choir director and emcee, to name a few – to spread joy in others, ”said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Her many years as a choir director at our city’s Martin Luther King celebration are just one example of her selfless service. She has held annual gospel concerts to raise funds for those in need and has also supported her religious community with songs. Even ill, Tracie was a woman of grace. She courageously turned a diagnosis into an advocacy mission to encourage women of color to obtain the preventive services and medical care they needed to improve health outcomes in our community. She was an inspiring example to all of us.

The City will present a virtual celebration program that will be broadcast on several platforms. The theme for this year’s event is “Hope and Healing”. The program will highlight Dr. King’s present and future impacts on our community and feature local artists and speakers who work and volunteer to ensure our community represents equity, hope and healing.

TV Tacoma will air the program on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET. The program can be viewed in line and streamed live on Facebook at facebook.com/cityoftacoma. It will also be played on Tacoma TV which is worn both on the Click! (via Rainier Connect) and Comcast Cable systems. The event will continue to be televised throughout January.

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For more information on the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, visit cityoftacoma.org/mlk, email [email protected] or call (253) 573-2523.


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