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GDL announces honorees for 21st Annual Black History Month Brunch

Featured photo: Councilwoman Ladel Lewis

November 22, 2021 – Flint, Michigan – The Genesee District Library (GDL) has announced honorees for the 21st Annual Black History Month Brunch to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 2022 at the Genesys Conference & Banquet Center, in Grand Blanc.

Each year the GDL honors people who are making a positive difference in the community. The Award of Excellence will be presented to Ms. April Cook-Hawkins, for her work on voter registration, working to end violence and the Flint water crisis, Ms. Danielle Green, for her work in the non-profit Empower, which educates young girls, and Ms. Lisa Horne for her work with underprivileged and marginalized citizens in the community. The Partner in Progress Award will go to the Sarvis Park Organization, led by Dr. Ladel Lewis, for their efforts to fight blight and enrich neighborhoods.

April Cook-Hawkins
Danielle Green
Councilwoman Ladel Lewis
Lisa Horne

The brunch will feature entertainment by Four Washington, a group of four siblings from Jackson, Mississippi. They are a viral sensation and have appeared on the talk show Steve with Steve Harvey.

The Black History Month Brunch is sponsored by ABC12, Brown & Brown Insurance, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Flint Public Library, Genesee Health System, Kettering University, Lewis & Knopf, PC, Mott Community College, Simen, Figura & Parker Attorneys at Law, and Superior Furs & Leather.  Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Genesee District Library’s Summer Reading Challenge for kids and teens.

Tickets for the event go on sale December 1.  They are $35 each and can be purchased at the William F. Delaney Headquarters Library, 4195 W. Pasadena Avenue, during regular hours, or online at For more information, call 810-230-9613.

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