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GIANT Awards and Banquet

Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Cedric Ward in 1983 created this event to recognize African Americans who are exceptional leaders who have shaped the history, quality of life, and the culture of our West Michigan communities. We stand on the shoulders of these giants and salute their accomplishments. We honor them, and look to inspire others to follow in their steps and be the leaders of tomorrow. 

Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Junior GIANT Scholarship and Milo M. Brown Memorial Scholarship. The Junior GIANT Cedric Ward Leadership Scholarship and the Junior GIANT Dr. Patricia Pulliam Leadership Scholarship was established in 2017. The Milo M. Brown Memorial Scholarship was established in 1987 by Micahel Johnson and Mylee Brown Wilson.

Save the Date

GIANT 40th Anniversary Celebration

  • Saturday, February 25, 2023
  • 6 p.m. - Dinner and Program
  • DeVos Place - Exhibit Hall, Grand Rapids

Please join us as we showcase four decades of founders and past honorees, commemorate the awards’ legacy, and plan for the generations to come. You will not want to miss this historic evening, honoring the past and embracing the future.