The Social Justice Awards Prize Patrol team surprises Marjorie and Frederick Hurst, owners of the African American Point of View news magazine, to celebrate their Social Justice Awards win.
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services Inc. will host the 4th Annual Social Justice Awards Luncheon on April 18 at 11 a.m. at Chez Josef in Agawam. The annual event recognizes individuals and organizations who tirelessly advocate on behalf of Greater Springfield residents to reduce disparities across a number of sectors, including education, health and economic development. This year’s theme is “The Time is Always Right to do What is Right.” “Last year we had over 550 attendees and we’re expecting an even greater turn out this year,” said Ronn D. Johnson, president. “Funds from this year’s awards will benefit our agency’s “College Readiness Academy.” Through this program, we assist students in the Springfield Public Schools with concrete study skills, tutoring, literacy improvement, exposure to college and various career opportunities.” This year’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Awards honorees and their award categories are African American Point of View, Race Relations; Cliff Flint, Education; Annamarie Golden, Health; Jeff Sullivan, Economic Development; Zelmon Johnson, Entrepreneurship; and Rance A. O’Quinn, Lifetime Achievement. Recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. 2020 Change Maker Award, launched in 2019 to honor individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to uplifting our community, include Edward Nuñez, Raphael Desir, Zaida Govan, Dr. Shakenna Williams and Jenal Rentas. The luncheon will include award presentations, live music and more. “The atmosphere feels like a family reunion,” Johnson said. “There will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about our agency’s efforts while learning about the works of our incredible honorees.” Tickets to the luncheon are $75 and can be purchased at sja2020eventbrite.com. Chez Josef is located at 176 Shoemaker Lane in Agawam. ■
Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services 106 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01109 (ADMIN) (413) 746-3655 MLKJRFS Management Team