Fannie Lou Hamer Awards honor seven county women

Seven Anne Arundel County women are being honored Sunday. Oct. 6, with the annual Fannie Lou Hamer Awards.

Named for civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, the awards are given annually to women who honor Hamer's legacy with their community service. This year's celebration will be held at 4 p.m. at St. John's College in Annapolis. This year's honorees include:

•Joyce Amos, a lifelong Annapolitan who was the first African-American bank manager in the city. She helped found a mentoring program for girls at Annapolis Middle School and is a founding member of the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival. She also has volunteered with St. Phillip's Episcopal Church and other community groups.

•Mary Cromwell, a former state employee and union official who helped the Black Officers Association of Annapolis with a lawsuit against the Annapolis Police Department. She also promotes healthy living programs in her church, Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church.

•Lea Green, a retired federal employee from Millersville who advocates for the rights of inmates and ex-convicts. She has worked with the ACLU, NAACP and other groups on prison reform efforts and the recent successful push to abolish the death penalty in Maryland.

•Robin Revell-Dunn, a South County resident who recently graduated from Sojourner-Douglass College in Edgewater. Through the college, she has worked with promoting voter registration and election awareness and at the college's Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Resource Center.

•Mary Ellen Turner, a native of Annapolis who is resident services manager for the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis. Her work has included senior wellness programs, Unity Days and HACA's monthly Martha Wood Leadership Awards.

•Gloria Threadgill McLaughlin, a U.S. Department of Education retiree who wrote a book on job creation in 2012. She also has served on the board of directors for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee.

•Rhonda May Winfrey, a dancer and dance teacher who founded the Expressions Dance Company in Annapolis. She also teaches classes through the Boys & Girls Clubs and offers scholarships to dancers who can't afford classes.

The awards are sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and St. John's College. Tickets are available at the door for $35, with proceeds going to the recently installed Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial in Annapolis.




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