Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Four longtime activists win lifetime social justice award - Sacramento Bee

Four veteran community activists have won the Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award for their commitment to public service and social justice.

Former Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin, longtime public servant Grantland Johnson, veteran immigrant activist May Lee, who founded the nonprofit Asian Resources, and Chevo Ramirez, the regional vice president of the Wells Fargo Foundation, are being honored Wednesday night at MLK 365's Champagne & Grits Banquet at the Croatian American Cultural Center in Sacramento.

Sam Starks, the executive director of MLK 365, said the recipients "epitomize ordinary people who have done extraordinary things and were responsible for the formation and growth of Sacramento's MLK Day celebration."

The banquet benefits MLK 365's Challenge and Work Grants Fund, helping people who are re-entering the workforce, going back to school and and starting businesses, Starks said.

For information on the banquet, call (916) 479-1967, or go to info@mlk365.org.

â€" Stephen Magagnini

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