It is not uncommon that Annual Dinners (or Luncheons) and Awards ceremonies end up being two shows combined into one. The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission event at Music Hall on May 7 was a notable exception. The theme “Celebrating 70 years as the voice of the community” turned out to be most fitting for the event.
There were several memorable highlights especially from the recipients of the three awards and the keynote speaker. We will recap only a few sampling of those highlights here, but these were the honorees:
Daschia Alexis Allen (17), Bradly Ivan D’Souza (17) and Rohan Herbert D’Souza (14) were awarded the “Youth Service Awards”. This was in recognition for their volunteer work in various capacities in the community. It was inspiring to hear one of the recipients recall what many volunteers express so many times: volunteerism is energizing and fulfilling.
There were also three recipients of the Merlin G. Pope, Jr “Diversity Leadership Award”: Alicia Tidwell, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Luxottica Retail; David Singleton, Executive Director of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center and Peter S. Strange, Chairman, Messer Construction. In his remarks, Singleton reminded the audience that those incarcerated are human beings, notwithstanding the issues that got them behind bars.
The “Bishop Herbert Thompson, Jr. Distinguished Humanitarian Award” was awarded to Judge Arthur Spiegel; Mrs. Louise Spiegel; and Mr. William L. Mallory, Sr.
All the recipients of the three awards epitomize the ideals of the Cincinnati Human Rights Commission, which is to be the voice of the voiceless.