Saturday, September 09, 2000

Festival to honor peaceful activism

Greater Cincinnati Shares is sponsor

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Greater Cincinnati Community Shares, a 22-member nonprofit consortium, will celebrate community change and honor those who help it happen at the group's annual Friends Fest today.

        Four people will receive the 2000 Maurice McCrackin Peace and Justice Awards at the group's Community Shares Friends Fest, scheduled for 4 p.m. at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park.

        The awards are named for the late Rev. Maurice “Mac” McCrackin, who was known for his dedication to nonviolence and social equality.

        Community Shares officials describe honorees as “those who support the human rights of all people, demonstrating integrity and commitment, share their skills generously and provide leadership and inspiration for others.”

        The Friends Fest will feature a performance by MUSE Cincinnati Women's Choir. From 5:30 to 10 p.m., bands including Is What, Tracy Walker with Sprawl, Lucky and the Zionites, and Heavy Weather will perform.

        The Friends Fest is free. People are encouraged to bring beverages and picnic dinners, spokeswoman Mary McCoy said.

        The 2000 Maurice McCrackin honorees are:

        • Tony Davis, board president of the Sickle Cell Parent and Family Network and peer counselor with Postponing Sexual Involvement.

        • Darlene Guess, a former homeless woman who is now shelter director at Bethany House.

        • Cathy Roma, artistic director of MUSE Cincinnati Women's Choir and co-founder of the Martin Luther King Chorale.

        • Sister Monica McGloin, a Dominican Sister of Hope, who will accept the award on behalf of others, because she views her individual contribution less important than community contributions.


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