Big respect Doc, it was an honor to receive PEOPLE PROFILE AWARDS “Lifetime Achievement Award” for 2016. Presenting the 2017 Special Award to Papa Michigan was a blessing too. Keep doing what you are doing doc for the community, because ordinary folks need to be recognized. Bless up and remember I will be there next year and every year!
Working to help give voice to those ravaged by sexual abuse is extremely personally rewarding. Being recognized with the People Profile Humanitarian of the Year Award (2017) was a profound honor, one that further fuels my commitment to the healing of those affected, and to keep striving to help save our children.
Indeed, being recognized by my peers is an incredible validation, one that serves as a reminder that silence is complicity, and when we decide the break that silence, it can and will be met with support, love and empathy.
I’m so very grateful to be People Profile’s Humanitarian of the Year—and yes, I keep my Award where I see it every single day, as it is a reminder that slow, steady and determined action is often more impactful than brute force or rage.
I Believe that People Profile is the academy awards of the southern United States. As the recipient of the 2017 inspirational award I am excited to share how my life has changed after receiving this prestigious award.
Firstly, the People Profile award validates the work that I did in writing this book,” A Season of Big Mountains”. An author takes a risk in baring his soul when he writes. People might look the other way, and the book could be lost to time. This award is a stamp of validation, signifying that people moved by my story.
Next, the Inspirational award gives me credibility. I am a first -time author, and within six months of being published, I stood at the podium to receive this impressive award. I have shared the stage with legends like Oliver Samuels, Michigan (from Michigan and Smiley) and the indomitable Yellowman, among others. I love walking with these legends. Finally, this award expands my marketing sphere. I have been offered speakerships to talk about my book.