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Giants Award

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.

We invite you to nominate an outstanding African American individual and/or organization for the 2015 Awards by completing the Giants Nomination Form (on the right), the deadline for submission is December 5, 2014.

The 33rd Annual Giants Awards & Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at DeVos Place.


                      2014 Giants Award HONOREES


Floyd Skinner Justice Award

Not awarded this year


Walter Coe Public Service Award

LeMark Payne


Eugene Browning Medical Service Award

Candace Smith-King, M.D.


W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award

Shannon L. Wilson


Ethel Coe Humanities Award

Not awarded this year


Milo Brown Business Award

Norris Beauty Salon (Mildred Norris)


Phyllis Scott Activist Award

Brian Douglass Cloyd


William Glenn Trailblazer Award

Eddie M. Rucker


Raymond Tardy Community Service Award

Jonathan Jelks


H.C. Toliver Religious Life Award

Dr. Jermone Glenn


Hattie Beverly Education Award

Cornell Bailey


Martha Reynolds Labor Award

Kathy Jackson


Giant Among Giants

Jeffery J. Kimbrel


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