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Don't miss MICAH's Annual Banquet

posted Apr 28, 2016, 11:49 AM by Sophia Webmaster

EXPO’s Mark Rice will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award at MICAH’s Annual Banquet.  

Thursday, May 19
Doors open at 5:  Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Italian Community Center,  631 E Chicago St. in Milwaukee

The banquet will feature guest speaker Iva E. Carruthers, Ph.D., a nationally recognized social advocate, author, and educator. MICAH will also honor several volunteers and supporters. This year’s awards and honorees are:

•    To Do What is Just Award - Dana World-Patterson, chairperson of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee, an affiliate of the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention;
•    Distinguished Leadership Award - Mark Rice, Chair of the Post-Release Issues Workgroup for WISDOM's ROC Wisconsin campaign and a member of EXPO (Ex-Prisoners Organizing), a group of formerly incarcerated individuals driving WISDOM's campaign to end mass incarceration in Wisconsin.
•    Volunteer of the Year Award - Lester Williams, transit advocate for new bus routes and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
•    Unsung Hero Award - Pete Koneazny, longtime advocate for justice as an attorney for the Milwaukee Legal Aid Society, secretary for Milwaukee Restore Our Communities (ROC) Wisconsin committee, advisor for the Safe Surrender project, MICAH board member, and member of First Unitarian Society.

Carruthers is General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, an interdenominational organization within the African American faith tradition focused on social justice issues. She authored The Church and Reparations - An African American Perspective, which was distributed at the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, where she also served as a delegate. In a speech following the Charleston church massacre, she called the challenge in America a “soul lockdown,” a spiritual and moral malady blinding the nation to the systemic racism, white entitlement, and other entrenched attitudes. She challenges faith institutions and leaders, clergy and lay, "to accept the transforming nature of radical reconciliation and reparations and let go of the ethos of entitlement.” 

Doors open at 5 p.m. for a social hour with cash bar and featuring music by members of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MICAH office. For additional information email office@micahmke.org or call 414-264-0805.