|Saturday, February 8, 2014
In honor and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the NAACP’s “Drum Major for Change Award” was designed to honor individuals, for his/her work which created and promoted positive changes within the community and who dared to create a society by going beyond the acceptable norm regardless of the repercussions.
The Manatee County NAACP is proud to present its first year’s recipient, Mrs. Joanne Dick for her quest and desire to make a difference through her service and love to others thereby making a better world. Joanne like Dr. King wanted there to be love, justice, truth and commitment to one another in order to have a better society. For there spirit of inclusiveness, the Dick family had a small cross burned in their front yard, received hate mail, and partners in their corporate headquarters building received a letter threatening to blow up the office building because of one of the projects they were involved with.
The Manatee NAACP is proud to announce its first “Drum Major for Change Award” to Mrs. Joanne Dick, on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM, 13th Avenue Dream Center, 922 24th Street East, Bradenton, FL. Mrs. Dick has been married to Mr. Ed Dick for over 60 years. They adopted 8 children-one is part Mexican, a Puerto Rican, a Haitian and one part Native American (deceased).
The Dick’s home has been a place of refuge, comfort and love to over 300 strangers, including a family from Burundi, 4 to 6 families from Kenya (Somalia), and over 100 people from Southeast Asia (Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia).
At one time, 17 people including 9 Vietnamese lived in their house. During one evening at dinner, there were 7 languages spoken during the meal (English, Spanish, French, Swahilli, German, Polish and Russian).
For additional information, please call Program Chair Ms. Diane McGee at 941-545-5992 or President Susie Copeland at 941-447-2189. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased from any NAACP member or through PayPal.