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Giants Award

Since 1983, thirteen African American individuals and/or organizations are recognized annually for their exceptional contributions shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids. The idea for this event grew out of need for recognizing notable contributions of African Americans to the quality of life in Grand Rapids. The founders for this event, Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Cedric Ward decided to engage a group of people from the community to plan the event.

The awards recognize the contributions from all aspects of community life. Each award is named after local individuals who have given excellence and is a perpetual memorial to their notable contributions.

Proceeds from the event are contributed to the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation’s Milo M. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. Two or more scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarships are presented to African American students as perpetual memorials to Mr. Brown. 

Special thanks to our sponsors, participating organizations, and friends who have contributed toward making this an important and successful tradition.

The 33rd Annual Giants Awards & Banquet was held on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at DeVos Place.

Link to 2015 Giants Awards & Banquet:

2015 Giants Award HONOREES

Floyd Skinner Justice Award

Reverend Michelle Loyd-Paige, Ph.D.


Walter Coe Public Service Award

Floyd Wilson, Jr.


Eugene Browning Medical Service Award

Larry Arnold Brewer, PA-C


W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award

Dallas Lenear


Ethel Coe Humanities Award

Lawrence N. Redd, Ph.D.


Milo Brown Business Award

Keli Christopher, Ph.D.


Phyllis Scott Activist Award

Dianne Green-Smith, Ph.D.


William Glenn Trailblazer Award

George Grant, Jr., Ph.D.

Beverly Grant


Raymond Tardy Community Service Award

Reverend Joseph D. Jones


H.C. Toliver Religious Life Award

New Hope Baptist Church


Hattie Beverly Education Award

Diane J. McMillan


Martha Reynolds Labor Award

Not Awarded

Giant Among Giants

To Be Announced          


2014 Giants Awards & Banquet link:

Previous Recipients

2013 Giants Awards & Banquet link:

2012 Giants Awards & Banquet link: