- Nov. 4 General Election endorsements: Retain County Clerk Margie Mullins
- Nov. 4 General Election endorsements: Re-elect Jesse White
- Nov. 4 General Election endorsements: Elect Sheila Simon as state comptroller
- Brad Roos to step down as Zion Development executive director
- Smash your pumpkin at Rockford’s Discovery Center Nov. 2
- Control the candy without limiting the Halloween fun
- RHS Ambassadors host Halloween party for hospitalized children
- Beware of the energy-sucking vampires in your home, ComEd warns
- Rockford Park District golf season begins to wrap up
- Two locals to be honored among state’s top college students
Race Unity Awards to be presented July 27
The 13th Annual Race Unity Awards will be presented from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 27, at Klehm Arboretum, 2701 Clifton Ave., Rockford, inside the main building. The annual awards event includes a potluck dinner, with beverage and place setting provided.
A silent auction is also planned for the event, with proceeds benefiting The House on West State Street, a neighborhood program that works with neighborhood residents to improve the social and economic needs of the area.
The Race Unity Awards are sponsored by the Institute for the Oneness of Humanity and by the Bahai Community of the Rockford area. The awards recognize individual, group and organizational efforts toward eliminating prejudice, as well as promoting unity and understanding in the community.
The recipients of the 13th Annual Race Unity Awards are:
Tommy and Evelyn MeeksFor the past 12 years, Tommy and Evelyn Meeks have worked tirelessly to bring the Annual Juneteenth Celebration to the Rockford area. This celebration invites and welcomes the entire Rockford area community to celebrate African-American culture through music, poetry readings, dance, speakers and food. The Meeks hard work and dedication to Juneteenth promotes racial unity by bringing together people of all racial and ethnic groups to mark the past, recognize the present, and give hope for the future of race relations.
Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) AwardsFor 12 years, the Rockford Area Music Industry has hosted the RAMI Awards and provided the Rockford area community with a common denominatormusicthrough which we can celebrate our differences and recognize the unique contributions of different cultures. The RAMI Awards allows diverse people to perform together, present together, and celebrate outstanding achievement in music and has consistently included a diverse group of RAMI Award recipients.
Jennifer SmithMs. Smith promotes unity through her life, encouraging all with whom she interacts to see concord rather than discord, and has found many ways to express her belief in unity. In high school, Smith wrote essays on the need for racial and religious acceptance; in college, some of her friends learned to appreciate diversity by experiencing her diverse group of friends. Jennifer Smith is living proof that we can achieve the oneness of humanity one person at a time, one day at a time.
For more information, call 963-3100.