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February 16, 2017
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Si Marsh far right
Si Marsh, far right, accepts the Milo Brown Business Award at GRCC's 2017 Giants Awards & Banquet. Photo via youtube.com

As part of an annual tradition dating back more than three decades, a local college has honored a group of African-American leaders for their contributions to the community.

Grand Rapids Community College recognized 13 honorees at its 35th-annual Giants Awards & Banquet this month at DeVos Place.

The college said the event, founded by Patricia Pulliam and Cedric Ward in 1983, honors those who made “exceptional contributions shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids” in the past year.

Each award is named after an individual who made notable contributions in the past in several categories.

Proceeds from the event benefit the GRCC Foundation Milo M. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund, which presents two or more scholarships annually to African-American students in memory of Brown.

Giants winners

Henry Saverson, Floyd Skinner Justice Award

Frederick Brown, Walter Coe Public Service Award

Dr. TaLawnda Bragg, Eugene Browning Medical Service Award

Veverly Austin, W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award

Edith Evans Hyde, Ethel Coe Humanities Award

New Life Counseling Services and Si Marsh, Milo Brown Business Award

Daniel Williams, Phyllis Scott Activist Award

Montford Point Marines (Bishop Darvis Beene, Frederick Johnson, Bobby Jones, David King and Cpl. Reuben Smartt), William Glenn Trailblazer Award

Darel Ross II, Raymond Tardy Community Service Award

Brenda Brame, H.C. Toliver Religious Life Award

Mattie Hampton, Hattie Beverly Education Award 

Ken Godwin, Martha Reynolds Labor Award

Larry Johnson, Giant Among Giants

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