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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
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-264-0805.