Via LA Sentinel
The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles hosted its 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast to honor three individuals whose ongoing work strengthens and pays tribute to Dr. King’s lifelong commitment to equality, social justice and community service.
“Every year, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Y celebrates exemplary community leaders who demonstrate a longstanding commitment to making this city a better place for all,” said Cristina Rose, Chair, Board of Directors, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. “These are people who share the Y’s mission to create opportunities for individuals and families to live healthier, more productive lives -- to strengthen our communities by creating the kind of lasting and positive change to which Dr. King dedicated his life.”
The YMCA Human Dignity Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership, compassion and support to persons who are disadvantaged and has made a significant impact on improving the quality of life for them, their families and their communities.
The 2013 YMCA Human Dignity Award was presented to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for his public service in bettering the health, wellness and lives of many residents in the county. During his first term, he helped direct more than $5.7 billion in investments toward new libraries, community centers, parks, community gardens, and vital medical and transportation infrastructure. In his second term, he will oversee the re-opening of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Los Angeles Y during this occasion where we mark the impact of such a historical figure as Dr. King,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “I look forward to continue working with the many dedicated individuals and organizations, like the YMCA, to live up to and advance his principals of compassion, equal opportunity and positive change.”
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