Social justice activists honored with Coretta Scott King legacy awards

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Local and national activists were recognized Wednesday, April 25 at the second annual Coretta Scott King Legacy luncheon.

The event, hosted by The Coretta Scott King Center at Antioch College, honored three local individuals and their contributions to the Miami Valley.

Dr. Kevin McGruder was awarded a Justice Award for his involvement in Yellow Springs, Shondale Atkinson-Dorise also received a Justice Award for her creation of The Mustard Seed Foundation, and Lela Klein and Amaha Sellassie were also honored for their joint creation of the Gem City Market.

The 2018 Legacy Award recipient was Tamika D. Mallory, a New York City native and nationally-acclaimed social justice advocate.

Mallory is best known for being one of the four co-creators of the Women’s March on Washington last January.

Mallory expressed her gratitude for the award which honors whom she called a personal hero.

“When I think about my work, and how I embody Coretta Scott King, it would be touching those people who are the most in need, and making sure that my work is never above those people who really sent me to this place and allowed me to get this award,” said Mallory.

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