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January 16, 2024


Thank you for celebrating MLK weekend with Michigan United!

We want to personally thank you for joining us to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. It was jam-packed. It began when we honored his legacy with a thought-provoking conversation on race at our rally with special guests Dr. Louis Forsythe II, Dr. Irene Lietz, and Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns.

On Monday, we held a Justice Assembly and Awards Ceremony, recognizing individuals and organizations embodying Dr. King's values of justice and dignity. We were honored to have the incredible Michigan Deputy Secretary of State Aghogho Edevbie, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Dr. Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, Rev. Cindy Rudolph, and numerous others as our guests. We also honored trailblazers and activists Emma Lockrage, Maya Manuel, and posthumously Reverend Dr. Joann Watson, Samantha Woll, and Ted Lawson.

We are pleased to share our fantastic 2024 Justice Assembly and Awards Ceremony winners:

  • Mamie Till Political Healer Award: Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib
  • Mamie Till Political Healer Award Honoree: Reverend Dr. Joann Watson
  • Justice Warrior Award: Veronica Taylor
  • Winnie Mandela Freedom Fighter Award: We the People of Detroit
  • Winnie Mandela Freedom Fighter Award Honoree: Emma Lockridge
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award: Marvin Cotton Jr.
  • Ryan Bates Founders Award Honoree: Samantha Woll
  • Ryan Bates Founders Award Honoree: Ted Lawson
  • Ryan Bates Founders Award Honoree: Maya Manuel
  • Ryan Bates Founders Award: Michigan Center for Youth Justice

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.

With your help, our collective efforts will help us move toward justice and dignity in Michigan. We appreciate your support, and let's continue working together for a better Michigan. Thank you again.