Since 1983, thirteen African American individuals and/or organizations are recognized annually for their exceptional contributions shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids. The idea for this event grew out of need for recognizing notable contributions of African Americans to the quality of life in Grand Rapids. The founders for this event, Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Cedric Ward decided to engage a group of people from the community to plan the event.
The awards recognize the contributions from all aspects of community life. Each award is named after local individuals who have given excellence and is a perpetual memorial to their notable contributions.
Proceeds from the event are contributed to the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation’s Milo M. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. Two or more scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarships are presented to African American students as perpetual memorials to Mr. Brown.
Special thanks to our sponsors, participating organizations, and friends who have contributed toward making this an important and successful tradition.
The 34th Annual Giants Awards & Banquet will held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49503.
2015 Giants Award HONOREES:
Floyd Skinner Justice Award - Reverend Michelle Loyd-Paige, Ph.D.
Walter Coe Public Service Award - Floyd Wilson, Jr.
Eugene Browning Medical Service Award - Larry Arnold Brewer, PA-C
W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award - Dallas Lenear
Ethel Coe Humanities Award - Lawrence N. Redd, Ph.D.
Milo Brown Business Award - Keli Christopher, Ph.D.
Phyllis Scott Activist Award - Dianne Green-Smith, Ph.D.William Glenn Trailblazer Award - George Grant, Jr., Ph.D. &
Raymond Tardy Community Service Award - Reverend Joseph D. Jones
H.C. Toliver Religious Life Award - New Hope Baptist Church
Hattie Beverly Education Award - Diane J. McMillan
Martha Reynolds Labor Award - Not AwardedGiant Among Giants -Rev. Dr. Clifton Rhodes, Jr.