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40th Annual GIANT Awards celebrates history of black leadership


Dr. Patricia Pulliam and the late Cedric Ward were honored with the first Legacy Awards

“40 years ago, no one thought that black leadership in Grand Rapids was newsworthy.”

As GIANT committee member and historian Temperance Mann tells the story…

“Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Mr. Cedric Ward decided with a bunch of their friends, that was going to stop. And they started the GIANTS.

Grand Rapids Community College has hosted the event since 1983. Saturday evening marked the awards 40th Anniversary.

“The goal was to bring as many GIANTS back as possible. This was not the typical event that we had always had where we named 11 GIANTS and then a GIANT Upon GIANTS. What we did, we called it The Legacy. You know, if you looked at every category, and realized what that particular group did to enhance, not just the Black community, but the City of Grand Rapids overall, it really was staggering.”

Dr. Pulliam and the late Cedric Ward were honored with the first Legacy Awards. Tempy Mann relaying Dr. Pulliam’s message to the audience.

“To pull someone along. To build someone up. To make things better for those in our, the African American community, but what it’s going to do is it’s going to enhance the city overall.”

A message of servant leadership. Improving the quality of life in Grand Rapids.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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