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Mayor Sarno joined with MLK Family Services to Announcement Virtual Social Justice Awards Event

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined with MLK Family Services Board Chairman Calvin Hill, MLK Family Services Board members and other officials to announce the Martin Luther King Jr., Family Services 5th Annual Social Justice Awards event that will honor the life and legacy of Ronn Johnson who served as the President and CEO of MLK Family Services. The free virtual ceremony will be held Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 11:00 am and will celebrate and recognize the 2022 award honorees.

Mayor Sarno states, “I am proud to join with MLK Family Services Board Chairman Calvin Hill and the MLK Family Services family as we kickoff the 5th Annual Social Justice Awards ceremony.  Congratulations to all of the honorees.  This year’s event is special as we honor and pay tribute to the life and legacy of the late Ronn Johnson.  Ronn was a dear friend and a well-respected and beloved community leader who always gave back to our community.  His family’s landmark initiative ‘The Brianna Fund’, named after his daughter, has aided numerous individuals and families faced with disability challenges to not only get by but more importantly thrive.  Truly, Ronn’s legacy is living strong through us all.”

MLK Family Services Board Chair Calvin Hill stated, "This year's Martin Luther King Family Services Social Justice Awards program is not to be missed. We come together virtually on Saturday April 23rd at 11:00 to celebrate several outstanding community members for their dedication and commitment to justice, and equity within our community. We also will take time to reflect upon the life and legacy of Mr. Ronn Johnson (former President and CEO), who unexpectedly passed away this past January.  I have been honored to work with an outstanding committee this year. While we are all continuing to grieve the loss of Ronn, we understand that the best way to honor him is to make sure the center, and all that it serves is continuing to live its mission of nurturing and developing the skills, opportunities and spirit of families in Greater Springfield and the surrounding communities. We hope all will join us Saturday." 

Michael D. Weeks, President and CEO of the Provider’s Council, will serve as the keynote speaker.  The 5th Annual Social Justice Awards event can be viewed via the link below.

Those being honored during the virtual 5th Annual Social Justice Awards event include:

  • Bishop Bryant Robinson, Jr. – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Bishop Talbert Swan, II – Race Relations
  • School Committeewoman Barbara Gresham
  • Eileen McCaffery – Arts and Culture
  • Kevin Lynn – Economic Development
  • Doris Harris – Health Advocate
  • Julius Lewis and Thomas Morrow – Entrepreneurship
  • First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, U.C.C., Social Justice Team – Faith Based Initiative
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