Local Leaders Honored With Awards Named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Calvin C. Goode
U.S. Embassy New Delhi via Flickr President Lyndon Johnson shakes hands with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. after handing him one of the pens used in signing the Civil Rights Act of July 2, 1964.
Four individuals with extensive records of serving as community leaders will be honored on January 17 at the 28th annual MLK Awards Breakfast, "Stand Up for Justice."
The breakfast kicks off at 7 a.m. at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 North Third Street.
Lieutenant Colonel Allen Kirksey is receiving the Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement Award. The award's namesake served for 22 years on the Phoenix City Council and earned a reputation for promoting social and economic justice.
Among Kirksey's achievements:
- More than 20 years of volunteer service in the Roosevelt School District, Phoenix Union High School District and South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church
- Mentors at-risk youth in the South Phoenix Community
- Serves as military liaison for Arizona Operation StandDown
- Serves as a volunteer for Mentor Kids USA
- Annual participant of the Read Across America campaign in the Roosevelt School District
- Founding member of the Air National Guard, South Mountain School of Aerospace Magnet and Airframe and Powerplant mentoring programs
- Former chairman of the South Mountain High School Business/Education Partnership Board and the South Mountain High School Aerospace Magnet Advisory Board
- Created a young men's mentoring program at Percy L. Julian Elementary School
- Served as a mentor for the South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church Boys to Young Men Mentoring Group
There are three recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award, an honor given to those who have demonstrated lifelong commitments to creating a compassionate and socially just society.
Jason Green, Jennifer Longdon, and Robert Sherman were selected for embodying MLK's ideas through their personal commitment to human relations and justice.