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Giants Awards to recognize West Michigan leaders

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Jalen Bibb (center) with GRCC Board of Trustees member Ellen James (right) and Faye Weatherall-Davis (left). Photo by Jacquelyn Zeman.
Jalen Bibb (center) with GRCC Board of Trustees member Ellen James (right) and Faye Weatherall-Davis (left). Photo by Jacquelyn Zeman.
Pictured at the Giants Awards in 2014, Jalen Bibb (center) with GRCC Board of Trustees member Ellen James (right) and Faye Weatherall-Davis (left). Photo by Jacquelyn Zeman.

By Kayla Tucker – A&E/Features Editor

Thirteen African American individuals are set to be awarded at the 33rd annual Giants Awards ceremony next month.

The awards have always been partnered with Grand Rapids Community College, beginning with those who founded the event, Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Cedric Ward.

From education to justice, 13 African American community leaders and trailblazers from all fields are awarded in the ceremony, in the name of those who first inspired the awards.

There are no GRCC affiliated award recipients, but there have been in the past.

The event began in the old G Building at GRCC, then moved over to the Ford Fieldhouse and for the past couple years has been held at Devos Place. Over 700 people attended last year’s Giants Awards ceremony.

A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to the recipients of Milo M. Brown Scholarship. At least two African American

GRCC students who meet the criteria will be awarded scholarships worth $1,000 each.

Chris Arnold, Director of the Diversity Learning Center at GRCC, is excited to continue as the chair of the awards committee and seeing the Giants Awards progress over the years.

“It’s not just about the work that they do, it’s about meeting the characteristics of what a ‘giant’ is, going above and beyond, and really providing service and leadership to the West Michigan community,” Arnold said. “It’s always an honor to be able to recognize the giants for their contributions.”

The application and the awards descriptions can be found here.

The Giants Awards & Banquet will be held at 7:15 p.m., Feb. 7, at DeVos Place and tickets can be purchased through the Diversity Learning Center on campus.