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Human Relations Commission announces 9 winners of 2023 Community Awards


A former director of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission will receive its Lifetime Achievement Award, according to a city news release.

The announcement of 2023 award winners was made Wednesday.

Anthony Wade was the chief human relations officer for the city and county from 2016 until his retirement last year, according to the city’s website. He also is a former director of human resources for the county.

An Air Force veteran, Wade created and directed an award-winning equal opportunity treatment/human relations program for the Air Force’s Air Education Training Command while on active duty, according to the city.

Wade is a past president of the National Association of Human Rights Workers.

The Human Relations Commission says its awards recognize “excellent work and commitment to promoting positive human relations throughout the city and county,” according to the news release.

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Other Community Award winners announced Wednesday are:

  • Educator Award: Kenjuana McCray, dean of arts and humanities at Fayetteville Technical Community College.
  • Individual Award: Antonio Gardner. 
  • Religious Leader Award: Sharon Thompson-Journigan.
  • Humanitarian Award: Takieyah Mathis.
  • Youth Award: Ryanne Squibb.
  • Industry/Business Award: Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County.
  • Organization Award: Miller's Crew.
  • Military Award: Members of the 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group at Pope Field.

Award winners will be recognized at a luncheon at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N Eastern Blvd.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the Human Relations Department at the Festival Park Building, 225 Ray Ave., Suite 100. Sponsorship tables are available for $250.

No tickets will be sold at the door.

Money raised at the reception will support a scholarship for Cumberland County high school students pursuing college degrees, the release said.


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