County Executive Isiah Leggett has received the first King-Heschel Award for his outstanding community service, civil rights advocacy and community building. The joint award, also given to Judge Peter Krauser, was presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration held on January 10.
The awards were named for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the civil rights movement in the United States, and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the most significant Jewish theologians of the 20th century. The two first met in Chicago in 1963 and later marched together from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in the Selma Civil Rights March.
“Through their leadership, both Mr. Leggett and Judge Krauser have brought to life the very ideals exemplified by both Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel,” said Susan Weinberg, president of the Jew ...more