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Welcome to the Celebration! Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. one of America’s very best citizens loved this country and the foundations on which it stands. He grieved for those lost and mistreated in the creation and maintenance of our democracy and quest for equality. Dr. King prayed and meditated at length on the day when current and future generations would truly love each other and judge persons by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, and support equality and freedom for all.

This year, 2021, marks 35 years of celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – a blessed man who gave us hope and inspired us to see beyond today and ourselves. We, the living, are truly given the opportunity to initiate a generation of positive, necessary and lasting change. At this time we are challenged to recognize our neighbors and friends as brothers and sisters – not just for a few days of celebration but for the seen and unseen future. Dr. King moved mountains for us. The mountainside may still be steep, but the road to reach the pinnacle has been paved through the work, life and death of the man we honor and remember at this time. During the past year, we lost many of our friends, family and neighbors and are hard pressed to maintain a posture of advocates for peace and justice. But, hold fast we must, and in the memorable words of Dr. Nelson Mandela: “Let the striving of us all prove Martin Luther King, Jr. to have been correct when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war. Let the efforts of us all prove that he was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold. Strive to make something of yourselves, and then strive to make the most of yourselves.” To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all who have inspired us and to our honorees today who have led by examples of excellence, I pray that many will follow in your footsteps. On this day, I will take five minutes to remember a time when somebody told me “No,” and I will visualize my going ahead anyway and succeeding at my goal. Sincerely,

Gene C. Blue, Committee Chair Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration President/CEO, Arizona OIC

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Dear Distinguished Guests, On behalf of the Arizona MLK Celebration Committee, we welcome you to the 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Celebration. We continue to execute the vision of our Committee chair, the Hon. Dr. Gene Blue, president of the AZOIC. As chair of the Arizona MLK Committee Events & Activities, it is my honor to co-chair this celebration with Rev. Reginald Walton. We could not allow the COVID-19 pandemic to stop pus from honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., so we developed a virtual program to broadcast and to share with the world. Today, we honor “Community Champions” who continue to demonstrate their personal commitment to enhancing the dignity of all people while supporting the tenets and core values of Dr. King: Non-Violence; Love; Commitment; Courage; Social Justice; Leadership; and Racial Equality. A big thanks to all members of the Arizona MLK Celebration Planning Committee for your contributions all year. Just like many of you, our honorees are doing great volunteer work in the community in service to others. You, or someone you know in the community, could easily be receiving one of these awards next year in 2022. Service to the community is a way of life, as clearly demonstrated by our honorees today. The Committee respectfully requests your support in ensuring that we continue to recognize those making a difference for the citizens in our community, by nominating a deserving community servant to be recognized at the 2022 awards celebration. Each year I re-commit to serving our society, and I encourage you to join me in doing your part to make our communities better for our citizens. As we continue to expand our planning committee, we ask that you search your heart to determine if serving on this committee is for you! It has been my honor to serve on the Celebration Committee for the last 19 years. Congratulations to this year’s awardees! As Muhammad Ali stated: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” We still believe in the Dream. Dedicated to service,

Ron Williams Chair, Arizona MLK Committee Events & Activities Co-Chair, 35th Annual Arizona MLK Celebration 2019 Arizona MLK Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2006 Arizona MLK Living The Dream Awardee

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Greetings to all of you! We come today to highlight the deeds of the awardees, who place people before themselves and truly live out what it means to embody the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Under normal circumstances, we would have a separate prayer breakfast to highlight the many faith traditions of Arizona. Today, we are thankful for the flexibility of the Committee in bringing some of these faith traditions to this event – as Dr. King was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man of faith. It is fitting in this season, where we are facing a pandemic the likes of which we have not seen in a century, where hospitals are at capacity, where some have politicized the act of wearing a mask, that we come together, regardless of faith tradition and stand in unity, proclaiming the tenets which Dr. King espoused of Non-Violence; Love; Commitment; Courage; Social Justice; Leadership; and Racial Equality are still what we believe today. I want to thank the subcommittee, but in particular Dr. Jannah Scott, Rev. Katie Sexton-Wood and Mr. Ed Casper for their hard work in making connections. I want to thank our participants – Bishop Reddall, Rabbi Kravitz, Ms. Nadia Khalighi, Ms. Anita Rangaswami and Mufti Didmar Faja – for coming to share with us in uplifting prayers. I want to express my gratitude to Dr. Gene Blue, for allowing me to serve in this capacity. It is indeed my pleasure to co-chair this event with Ron Williams, who is himself a former awardee. We thank our corporate sponsors, Petsmart, Verizon, USAA, SRP and others, who have made not only generous financial donations to this event but also are showing how to partner in community to make our community brighter and the Dream come closer to a reality. We thank our host facility, the Musical Instrument Museum, for allowing us to enjoy the facility and host the awards. We thank the broadcast team for all of their hard work, and we thank each and every one of you for helping to keep the Dream alive! Humbled to serve,

Rev. Reginald D. Walton Co-Chair, 35th Annual Arizona MLK Celebration Pastor, Phillips Memorial CME Church

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rbolding@azleg.gov ______ DISTRICT 27

January 2021 January 15,18, 2021

Greetings! It is my distinct honor to welcome you all to this year's 2021 Arizona Living the Dream MLK Virtual Celebration. This past year has been a challenge for us all, but I remain deeply inspired and energized by how far we have come over the past 35 years since this event's inception. We know, however that it is as urgent today as any point in our nation's history that we uplift Dr. King's enduring message of love, equal rights and equal justice. Forces opposed to equality and justice are working harder than ever to sow turmoil and division in our country. We must, as Dr. Martin Luther King instructed, "build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear." Events like today help us to build, reinforce and direct that courage. I want to congratulate the incredible Harry Garewal Jr. on being honored with the Calvin C. Goode "Lifetime Achievement Award. With Councilman's Goode's recent passing, this recognition takes on an even more special significance. Harry truly embodies Calvin Goode's legacy of selfless service as one of our state's most committed, consistent and effective educational leaders, as well as a respected leader in business and healthcare. Congratulations as well to Living the Dream Award winners Angela R. Garmon, Mel Hannah, Freddie Dobbins Jr. and Carolyn Bristo Chatman. Thank you all for your service and contributions to our community. You are an inspiration to us all! Sincerely,

Reginald Bolding, Jr. House Democratic Leader Legislative District 27 Arizona House of Representatives

Arizona Commission of African American Affairs Executive Tower, 1700 West Washington, Suite 503, Phoenix, Arizona 85007 (602) 542-5484 www.azcaaa.az.gov

Greetings! On behalf of the Arizona Commission of African American Affairs and its Commissioners, it is my honor to recognize the holiday commemorating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As an Arizona native, I appreciate the holiday not only because of Dr. King’s tireless efforts to enrich the lives of all Americans, but also the struggles Arizona’s citizens had to endure to be able to celebrate the holiday in the manner in which we do today. Dr. King’s message of true equality for people regardless of their differences must be continually sought. Yes, there have been some critical advances made; however, there is still much work to be done. On January 15, we acknowledge the commitment to Dr. King’s vision that has been displayed by the Lifetime Achievement awardee, Harry Garewal, and the Living The Dream recipients: Angela Garmon; Mel Hannah; Carolyn Bristo Chatman; and Freddie Dobbins Jr. They have all served our community well! Happy Birthday, Dr. King!

Yours in the Struggle,

Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., Executive Director Arizona Commission of African American Affairs

January 15, 2021


The 35th Annual Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is dedicated to the life and legacy of the Hon. Calvin Coolidge Goode. Mr. Goode was the first person to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Each year, the award recognizes an exceptional individual who has made Phoenix a better place to live through a lifelong dedication to promoting social and economic justice, defending civil rights and enhancing the dignity of all people. In his 22-year tenure with Phoenix City Council, Calvin C. Goode, worked endlessly to ensure these rights for all residents – guided by a deeply held belief in equality for all people. His lifetime exemplifies a powerful commitment to improving the quality of life in Phoenix.


Program Opening Greeting Ron Williams Chair, AZMLK Committee Events & Activities

Presenting Sponsors Welcome Petsmart . Verizon Opening Remarks Dr. Gene C. Blue

President/CEO, Arizona OIC Welcome Mayor Kate Gallego City of Phoenix Torch Runners Presentation of the Torch Program Introduction Ron Williams . Rev. Reginald Walton Celebration Co-Chairs Invocation Bishop Jennifer A. Reddall All Saints’ Episcopal of Phoenix National Anthem Cassandra Williams . Maya Williams

Black National Anthem NAJ (Nikia Meekins . Adora Lewis . Janet Williams)

Pledge of Allegiance Torch Runners

Inter-Faith Prayer Introduction Rev. Reginald Walton

. Christian Jewish . Bahá’í . Hindu . Muslim

James Weldon Johnson, Words John Rosamond Johnson, Music

& Sing

Lift ev'ry voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of liberty; Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list'ning skies,

Francis Scott Key

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us; Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, Let us march on till victory is won. Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet, Come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with tears has been watered, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered; Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last

The Pledge Of Allegiance

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast. God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou Who has brought us thus far on the way;

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thou Who hast by Thy might, led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee. Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee. Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand,

True to our God, true to our native land.

Star Spangled Banner


Program Congressional Greeting Rep. Greg Stanton U.S. Congress, Arizona 9th District

Awards Introduction Ron Williams Keynote Address Eric H. Holder Jr. Former U.S. Attorney General MLK’s Last Speech Special Guest Speaker Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. President/CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association Introduction of Henry L. Barnwell Arizona MLK Scholarship Fund Dr. Wil Counts Remarks Michael Williams Chair, Phoenix Human Relations Commission

Award Presentations Living The Dream Awards presented by Verizon

Co-presented by SRP, USAA, Mercy Care

Tribute to Calvin Coolidge Goode Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement Award presented by PetSmart

Closing Remarks

35th Annual ARIZONA MLK GUEST SPEAKERS One of the most widely discussed political figures in America today, Eric Holder has been at the intersection of the law and public policy for more than 30 years. As the nation’s first African-American Attorney General and a leading progressive voice, he has been instrumental in shaping the direction of the United States on a number of critical issues. No stranger to controversy, Eric Holder has demonstrated a willingness to express strong opinions, to engage in meaningful dialogue and to achieve lasting results. Holder served as the rst African-American attorney general of the United States, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. He has spent decades of a remarkable career at the forefront of the nation’s most critical issues.

With a great wit and self-deprecating style, Holder has spoken to audiences across the globe and provides tangible, thought-provoking takeaways that will most impact the needs of your audience and organization. His leadership and willingness to take principled but sometimes unpopular positions has made Holder a person of great interest. President Obama has praised Holder’s “toughness and independence,” and stated upon his departure, “With Eric Holder as its lawyer, America has become a better country.”

In 2014, TIME magazine named Holder to its list of “100 Most In uential People,” stating that he “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.” After his departure from the Department of Justice, Holder returned to the Washington, D.C. law rm of Covington & Burling, where he currently focuses on complex litigation and investigatory matters that are international in scope.

Eric Holder

Lifelong activist Dr. Chavis overcame racial injustice and wrongful imprisonment to become a vocal leader in the civil rights movement. Dr. Chavis began his career in 1963, as a statewide youth coordinator in North Carolina for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dr. Chavis was born in 1948 in Oxford, N.C., into a long and distinguished line of preachers. He received a bachelor’s in chemistry from University of North Carolina. He earned his master’s in divinity, magna cum laude, from Duke University, while serving an unjust 34-year prison sentence as a member of the Wilmington 10 (Amnesty International declared political prisoners, a case that garnered international attention and was pardoned




40 years later). The 2010 film Blood Done Sign My Name depicts a true story from his early Civil Rights Movement days.

Dr. Chavis served as executive director and CEO of the NAACP (1993, 1994) and remains an active supporter. In 1995, Dr. Chavis was national director and organizer of the Million Man March. In 2001, he co-founded Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

An ordained minister in United Church of Christ and author, Dr. Chavis was named the executive director and CEO of UCC Commission for Racial Justice (1985) and elected vice president of National Council of Churches of the USA (1988). He also received doctorates of ministry (Howard University) and philosophy in systematic theology (Union Theological Seminary, New York).

Dr. Chavis is president and CEO of National Newspaper Publishers Association (Black Press of America), serves on the board of National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and is host of The Chavis Chronicles (American Public Television).

Dr. Benjamin Chavis




proudly supports th Arizona MLK Celebration Committee

Congratulations 35th Annual ARIZONA MLK AWARDEES Harry Garewal Angela R. Garmon Mel Hannah Carolyn Bristo Chatman Freddie Dobbins Jr.



Ron Williams Audrey Bell-Jenkins Kathryn Boris Marlene Haller Dr. Neal Lester Benjamin Taylor II, Esq. Thelma Hall Williams

Jesse Ary Felicia Davis Virgina Fargo Colby Jeffers Tim Seay


Dr. Kelly B. Bender Clay Dix Dr. Rockel Etienne Diana Gregory Lovelle McMichael Sr. Lorraine Newman William “Billy” Ramsey Jr.


Donald R. Logan Rhoshawndra Carnes Deborah J. Kidd Chapman Carlos Galindo-Elvira Nicholas Love Phil Pangrazio Gloria Washington


Rev. Dr. Bernard Black Jason Howard Green Lt. Colonel Allen E. Kirksey Jennifer Longdon Dr. Robert Sherman


Travis L. Williams Brenda Combs Mary Davis Chris Fleischman Marye Hutchings Leonard Knight RJ Shannon

Shirley Johnson George Dean Susan Gerard Faye Gray Luz Sarmina-Gutierrez Gail Q. Knight Earl Nelson




Betty Fairfax Justice Stanley Feldman Jesse Ary Dr. Dick Buscher Gerald Heuett Jr. Alexander Johnson Jr. Hon. Cecil Patterson Jr. Yolanda Strayhand Rev. Charlotte Strayhorne Sylvia Echave Stock

Andrea Weeks Hardin Joanna de’Shay Warren Stewart Jr. Charlene Tarver Garry Walters



Carole Coles Henry Ervin Cutright Kenja Hassan Lin Ling Lee Lakhwinder Singh (Rana) Sodhi Robert L. Williams


Rev. Dr. George Benjamin Brooks, Sr. Deedra Abboud Dr. Rufus Glasper Imran and Yasmin Ha z Fatimah Halim Isabel McMahel Yvonne Watterson

Dr. C. T. Wright Mary M. Black Jose Cortez Gerry Cullity Judge Elizabeth R. Finn Donna Gahagans Guida Jackie Platt-Jennas Ann F. Wheat

Dr. Gene Blue Adam Lopez Falk Dr. Madelaine Adelman Dr. Donald Campbell Dr. Wil Counts Dr. Carnella Hardin Det. Jerry Oliver


Bishop Henry Barnwell Helen Drake Rory Gilbert Tony Lopez Andrew "AJ" Miller Hubert A. Ross Sr. Dr. Raul Yzaguirre


Dr. Duane Wooten Jacqualine Adams (posthumous) Marchelle F. Franklin Dr. Jerome Garrison Ryan Johnson Bishop Alexis Thomas


Nancy Jordan Anthony Gathers Rick Miller Andrew F. Ortiz Rev. Liana Rowe Meg Sneed Dr. Camilla Hester Westenberg


Cloves C. Campbell, Sr. Lottie Childers Imam Abdur-Rahim Shamsid-Deen Rev. Benjamin N. Thomas Dr. Matthew Whitaker Mary Rose Wilcox Ron Williams

Honorees ThroughThe Years 2001

Dr. John Edwards Harold Branch III Alberto Esparza Karen Frye Ronald Glass Dr. Oscar Hardin Sr. Lawrence Moore, Ph.D. Kambriel Booth Kathleen Lechuga


Dr. Eugene Grigsby Eddie Basha John Goodie Bill MacDonald Gerald Richard Calvin Terrell Judith Tunnell Richard Valenzuela


Rod Ambrose Evelyn Smith Joel Breshin Dr. Ann Hart Robert Hegyi Bill Mosley Manuel Luis Ortega





Art Hamilton William "Bill" Dickey Dr. Paul Eppinger Charles R. Fanniel Lal Fernando Dr. John W. Molina Ted Williams

Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. Jean Chaudhuri Tony de'Shay Jose "Casper" Habre Dr. Stephen Hennessy Mark Maskalenko Don Tarkington Rev. Oscar Tillman



Valerie Churchwell Alvin L. Battle Emmett Boyd Dorothy Finnie Eva Olivas Dianne Post Alan Powell Bishop Alexis Thomas


Bill Scott Augustine Bartning Det. Patricia Boyd Mark Colledge Lucille Lipham Lucia Rodarte Madrid Judge Jean Williams


Dr. Lincoln Johnson Ragsdale, Sr. Gene Blue Jaime Cardenas Toby Citron Damian Cuspard Sr. Gloria Feldt Ron Moser Mark Yoshimura


Juan "Chico" Bogan Fr. John Auther Eliza MacCauly Carney Hon. Noel Fidel Fr. Bob Glynn Robert Lynch Coy Payne Lawrence "Torrey" Winn

Calvin C. Goode Catalina Broyles Rev. Ruben Carrico E. Garry Grundy III Ben Miranda Danny Ortega Jr. Congressman Ed Pastor Marvin Perry Tammy Sixkiller Jane Wabnik Mary Jo West Earl Wilcox

2021 HON. Calvin C. Goode

LifetimeAchievement Award Mother Health Baby board chair; a member of the City of Phoenix Commission on the Economy and the 2006 $879 million Bond Committee; and a lifelong member of the National and International Economic Development Council.

As an elected and appointed o cial, Harry served as president of the Board of Education in elementary, high school and accommodation school districts, in addition to serving as board chair for a state-of-theart Charter High School for disconnected youth within the city of Phoenix. Currently, he serves as an elected (2019-2022) member of the Isaac Elementary School District No. 5 Board of Education.

Harry served as president of both the Arizona School Board Association and the National School Board Association Paci c Region. At the national level, Harry has served on the executive committee and as a board member of the National School Boards Association; president of the Caucus of Hispanic School Board; and vice chair of the Council Of Urban Boards of Education. Harry has participated on White House initiatives related to Hispanic student issues, drop-out prevention, HIV/ AIDS and teen pregnancy.

Harry is proud to be CEO/co-founder of The National Tri-Caucus Board Development Association (NTCBDA) 2005, a nonpro t establishing public policy for Hispanic, African-American and Native American public-school children. In 2015, NTCBDAAZ became a joint venture partner with the Maricopa County Education Services Agency, providing sta support to the Opportunity for Youth initiative.

Harry Garewal earned an associate’s in applied science, a bachelor's in business administration and a Masters of Business Administration degree.

Harry has lived in Phoenix since 1970 with his wife, two children and nine grandchildren.









Harry has many years of experience in economic development, including: private public development of a large retail center; housing subdivision development; and redevelopment projects for the City of Phoenix, primarily in low-income meighborhood initiative areas. He established the BF Goodrich aerospace manufacturing company in Phoenix, becoming the rst tertiary supplier with Airbus SAS, European Union – the primary supplier with Boeing McDonald Douglas. Harry also was a certi ed trainer in the Boeing Company D1-9000 Advanced Quality Systems, in addition to assisting small defense contracting company expansion.

While president/CEO of Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Harry oversaw the operation of the US Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency Center in Phoenix, Arizona. It focused on securing large private public partnership contracts and nancing transactions, stimulating job creation and retention, and facilitating entry to global markets for eligible minority-owned businesses. He also Chaired the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s President Advisory Council and was active in setting national policy(s) and establishing international trade relations for its members.

Harry’s community involvement is extensive, including serving as a member of the Fiesta Bowl board of directors and its budget/ nance committee; the Area Agency on Aging board chair and chair of the advocacy committee; a member of the Wesley/ Golden Gate Community Center (FQHC) board and nance committee; and member of the Association of Latino Elected and Appointed O cials.

Previously, Harry has served as chair of St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center, and St. Joseph Westgate Hospital boards of directors; a member of the Maryvale Revitalization Committee; Healthy fi


Harry V. Garewal Jr., has accumulated extensive experience in executive/senior management of organization startups, turn-around, supply chain, operations and quality management. As CEO of Trin and Associates, he owned and operated one of the first integrated family health clinics within Phoenix. Currently, he provides private consulting services to executives in the health, education and housing industries. He also provides economic development assistance, as a certified vendor for Arizona Department of Gaming, to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Tohono O’odham Nation and, previously, to the Navajo Indian Community.

LifetimeAchievement Award

2021 Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Living theDreamAward Angela R. Garmon is about conquering change and cultivating results. As founder and CEO of ARG Coaching & Consulting Group – a strategic change management consulting rm – she supports diverse leaders nationwide as they conquer change and cultivate results.

Angela has a true passion to see others succeed. Her time spent in management and leading teams as they rolled out Six Sigma projects made her realize how much people feared change. Couple this with her board work and the presidency of NAWBO Phoenix (creating an award winning chapter) drives her passion to see other women and minority-owned businesses succeed.

Angela understands that poorly managed change negatively impacts the bottom line. Her mission is to close the disparity gaps that exist for women and minorities, stabilizing rms and generating wealth in diverse communities that are often underrepresented or underutilized in the business ecosystem.

Angela is an Advocate, Educator, and Strategist through seasons of change.

She serves as an advocate for positive change management, ensuring that her clients maximize the time to their advantage.

Since most leaders do not have the right tools to lead change, she becomes an educator, ensuring that her clients have all of the tools and resources to create sustainable growth now and for the future.

She serves as a strategist, ensuring that her clients have the best plan in place to move forward as you Align, Rede ne and Grow through change.

Angela’s credentials include:

• 20 year business acumen

• Master's in Human Dynamics

• Bachelor's in Business Management

• Certi ed Personal & Executive Coach

• University adjunct professor

• Six Sigma Green Belt Certi cation created a project that saved the resort millions and later became a nationally recognized project

• President of NAWBO Phoenix (2019-2020) Chapter was awarded Chapter of the Year, 5 Star Chapter status, other notable recognitions from the national association, and a Silver Stevie Award at the end of her term







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2021 Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Living theDreamAward Mel Hannah is a lifelong resident of Arizona. Born in Winslow, Ariz., he has a long track record of working with citizens statewide. He has more than 40 years of involvement in the State of Arizona, with experience in governmental relations, community outreach and citizen advocacy issues. In 1973, he became the rst Black individual elected to serve on the Flagsta City Council and was elected for three four-year terms. He also served on the Coconino Country Board of Supervisors from 1973 to 1985.

While in elected positions, Mr. Hannah served as assistant director for Northern Arizona Council of Governments. His responsibility was for a majority of the organization’s human services programs (Community Action Agency, Title XX Planning, Area Agency on Aging, Job Training and Employment, and A rmative Action O ce).

Upon moving to Phoenix, Ariz., in the early 1990s, he worked 14 years for Greater Phoenix Urban League before retiring as director of community outreach and job development. As founder and CEO of Hannah and Associates, He is a consultant in a variety of governmental and private endeavors.

Additionally, he worked in the Phoenix O ce of Mayor as senior policy advisor/director of community outreach.

The graduate of Northern Arizona University has served on numerous board and commission. He currently serves as a commissioner on the Governor’s Commission of African American A airs and as an NAACP vice president (Civic Engagement Committee chair). For more than 17 years, he has been part of the chancellor’s community advisory board for Maricopa Community Colleges. He also volunteers with the attorney general’s African-American Advisory Csouncil and the Arizona State Department of Education African-American Advisory Council as chair.

He was appointed chair of Community Voter Outreach Advisory Committee by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs January 30, 2019. The Secretary established the committee to seek the expertise of community members to develop e ective non-partisan voter outreach strategy. Mel’s other community a liations:

• Member, City of Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission

• Co-Chair, Arizona African-American Leadership and Legislative Council

• Chair, Protect Arizona’s Freedom

• Vice Chair, Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee

• President, Arizona Fair Housing Center

• Chair, Governor’s Citizen’s Tra c Stop Advisory Board

• Member, ASU Community Alliance 
 for Black Student Support

• Member, League of United 
 Latin American Cities (LULAC)











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2021 Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Living theDreamAward Carolyn Bristo Chatman – an active community volunteer, servant leader and everyday philanthropist – takes very seriously to heart the quote: “Service is the rent for the space for the space that we occupy.”For over 37 years, she has been giving her time, talent and treasure in the greater Phoenix community. Highlights of Carolyn’s involvement in the public, non-pro t and faith-based sectors includes the following.

Carolyn is the board chair for Black Family and Child Services of Arizona (BFCS), which is a nonpro t 501(c)(3) social services agency, founded by the late Mary Black, serving the South Mountain community for more than 37 years. BFCS provides resources to engage, equip and empower individuals and families of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds.

Carolyn is a founding member and chair of the African American Women’s Giving and Empowerment Circle (AAWGEC) at the Arizona Community Foundation. AAWGEC’s mission is to transform the lives of African American women and girls in Arizona through education, advocacy and grant-making. A part of the Arizona Community Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI), AAWGEC members give their time, talent and treasure to build the capacity of African American women-led organizations to serve the community. They also provide professional & leadership development mini-grants to women and girls. Since its inception more than seven years ago, AAWGEC has granted almost $80,000 to organizations that are empowering women and girls.

Carolyn serves on Mayor Kate Gallego’s African American Advisory committee. She is creative founder, in partnership with the City of Phoenix, of the Jerome E. Miller (JEM) Summer Leadership Academy. The JEM Academy’s mission is to fuel and diversify the pipeline for public service in commemoration of the late Deputy City Manager Jerome Miller.

Carolyn is a Golden Life Member and past president of Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Under her leadership, the

Phoenix Deltas built a Habitat for Humanity House in the Eastlake Park community and convened Delta Days at the Arizona State Capital. The summits evolved into the current African-American Days at the Arizona Capitol.

Carolyn’s past community service includes: president of the Maricopa County YWCA; charter board member of the Arizona Center for African American Resources (AZCARR); and president of the Phoenix Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA). Under her leadership, NFBPA established the annual Marks of Excellence Awards and the Jacques Avent Scholarship, two initiatives which still thrive today. Carolyn is an alumnus of Valley Leadership, Class X.

A retired Phoenix city government executive, Carolyn’s career spanned 30 years. She served in a number of departments, including the Mayor’s O ce, City Manager’s O ce and Public Works Department. Carolyn represented Phoenix as a best practices team member on the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Best Run City European tours. As a public works/sustainability executive, she managed more than 1,000 employees, a $200 million operating budget and more than $500 million in public assets.

Actively involved in the faith-based community for more than 37 years, Carolyn has served as a leader in the teaching, education, youth and women’s ministries in Phoenix, Peoria and in the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC). She and her husband are currently involved in lay ministry at Maricopa Village SDA Church and School in GRIC District 7 in Laveen. Carolyn is the volunteer coordinator, Women’s Ministry Leader and a church school teacher.

Originally from Louisiana, and graduate of Southern University at Baton Rouge, 
 Carolyn and her husband, Al, reside
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 community in Phoenix.






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2021 Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Living theDreamAward Freddie Dobbins Jr. has spent the majority of his life serving youth and has been an employee with SRP (Salt River Project) for 34 years. The senior engineer in the Generation Engineering department has worked as an engineering manager for 16 years in four di erent engineering departments. In 1996, was named Engineer of the Year by Arizona Council of Black Engineers and Scientists – an organization he was a member of for a decade.

His work at SRP also has been recognized; he received the SRP President’s Volunteer Spirit Award in 2008, 2011 and 2019. For 11 years he spent time on the SRP employee interest group, African-American Cultural Committee, serving as co-chair, treasurer and secretary at various times.

His love of engineering and youth led him to be an advisory board member for Arizona Science and Engineering Fair and Central Arizona Science and Engineering Fair for more than a decade.

Currently, he is a board member with Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley. He has served as co-chair of operations and board consultant. Other roles have included: secretary; vice president of programs; vice president of operations; vice president of human resources; chair of Youth of the Year; and state chair of Youth of the Year. His total board service has been nearly 30 years. During that time, he has served in executive board capacity for about 18 years.

In 2017, Freddie received the Boys and Girls Club of America Silver Medallion Award. In 2018, he was given the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley Stan Scott Award. Also in 2018, he was selected for Black Board of Directors Project Dr. Lincoln Ragsdale Outstanding Sr. Director Award. He was a member of the BBOD for 
 10 years.

His volunteer activity in the community has varied over the years. Freddie also is among the board of trustees with Phoenix Boys Choir and a math and science tutor with Community Education Services / NAACP GAP Program. He has been a tutor for the last eight years. He mentored young men in the Roosevelt School District for three years as part of the Mentorship Education Network (MEN), sponsored by the Urban League and 100 Black Men. Past volunteer activities with a focus on youth have included: NAACP ACT-SO Competition judge (5 years); Junior Achievement (4 years);

A resident of Chandler, Ariz., Freddie is active in church and lives with his wife, Rose. They have four adult children.

Freddie’s other volunteer community activities:

• Fiesta Bowl volunteer (8 years)

• Gregory’s Fresh Market Awards (3 years)

• Black Theatre Troupe (3 years)

• United Way Funding Review Panel (3 years)

• East Valley African-American Cultural Committee 
 (3 years)

• Democratic Party phone volunteer (3 years)



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FOSTERING EQUITY, TOGETHER. SRP is proud to be a supporter of the Arizona MLK Awards and Scholarship event, which works to advance equity in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We share in the commitment to build a more inclusive world for our future leaders. srpcares.com


Many Values. One Mission. At USAA, we believe that when every employee is empowered to be their authentic self, they feel more engaged, valued and passionate to contribute to our mission — serving the financial needs of the military community. We’re committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Join our mission at usaajobs.com

USAA means United Services Automobile Association and its affiliates. USAA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic. 273119 - 1020


COVID-19 magnified the depths of health care disparities for African Americans and Latinos. Protests over racial injustices reignited a call for civil rights, equity and justice for our African American community. Mercy Care is committed to advocating for racial justice and to ensuring our members have access to quality physical and behavioral health services. Because we care. www.MercyCareAZ.org

Congratulations to all of today’s award recipients. Fry’s intentionally pursues a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities we serve.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.




History of the Holiday


Early: Legislative action to establish a paid state holiday passes in the Senate but fails in the House by 1 vote.

Late: Gov. Bruce Babbitt creates a paid state holiday via his power of executive order to be celebrated the third Monday in January.


Arizona's King Holiday history dates back to 1984. The journey to honor – and to keep – a dream is as follows:

January: Newly elected Gov. Evan Mecham rescinds the paid state holiday claiming Babbitt's executive order illegal; he declares the third Sunday in January as the staterecognized King holiday because it would be more appropriate since King was a Baptist minister.


July: Phoenix City Council unanimously votes to honor Dr. King with a paid holiday for city workers.

1989 September: Arizona Legislature passes a bill that creates a paid King holiday eliminating Columbus Day so as not to create an additional state-paid holiday.



January: Phoenix is state's rst city with o cial paid King holiday plus prayer breakfast, youth art exhibit, march and festival; other cities soon follow.

August: A petition to restore Columbus Day and force the King holiday to a public vote was successful; the petition drive garnered 71,055 signatures.



November: Proposition 302, which would establish a state-paid King holiday and retain a paid Columbus Day holiday, was defeated by 1 percent; a related Proposition (301) to create a state-paid King holiday and eliminate a paid Columbus Day holiday also was defeated.


March: Arizona Legislature passes a referendum

to put to public vote a bill that would combine Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays into President's Day and establish a King Civil Rights Day to be observed the third Monday in January

to go into e ect in 1993.


January: The rst paid state holiday

honoring Dr. King is celebrated in Arizona.



November: 61 percent of Arizona voters approve Proposition 300 to establish a paid King holiday; 39 percent voted against the




January: 10th anniversary of a paid King holiday is observed.


January: 20th anniversary of a paid King holiday is observed.


January: 30th anniversary of a paid King holiday is observed.

Standing: Roberta Mack • Ron Williams (Celebration Co-Chair) • Dr. Wil Counts • Dr. Gene Blue (Committee Chair) Monica Tipton • Rev. Reginald Walton (Celebration Co-Chair) • Nadia Khalighi Seated: Gardelia Laweka • Valerie Churchwell • Janet Shines • Jesse Ary • Dr. Camilla Westenberg • Tamara Floyd

Not Pictured: Dr. Gene C. Blue, Chair • Ron Williams, Co-Chair • Rev. Reginald Walton, Co-Chair Emmett Boyd • JoAnn Boyd • Clara Briggs • Lanette Campbell • Edward Casper • Det. Tony Davis • Virginia Fargo Darlene Guinty • Don Logan • Det. Gary Nelson • Patrick Porter • Katie Sexton • Yvette Tyrell • Janelle Wood

The Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee seeks to involve the total citizenry of Arizona in recognizing the contributions to the world by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his desire for equality for all people. Through cultural diversity awareness and unity, the Committee seeks to make the State of Arizona a better place for all of its citizens.

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. There are few legacies as impactful as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A man ercely dedicated to the pursuit of equality, his words feel even more profound today as the world responds to calls for lasting racial and social justice Monday, January 18, marks MLK Day, one of few federal holidays designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities Our Credo states that “we are good corporate citizens and share our success with the community to make the world in which we work better than it was yesterday.� Now, more than ever, society needs us to come together as a force for good.






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