College names Giants
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.
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