Gamez receives MLK Community Empowerment Award

"An Evening with a King" poster
"An Evening with a King" poster
January 17, 2014

January 20 marks the national day of recognition for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 16, the Northwest Black History Committee and the West Valley Foundation presented an "Evening with a King," hosted by Steve Irvin, ABC 15 News, Emmy award winning, journalist and anchor. Keynote speaker and presenter was Dr. Ned Norris, Jr., Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Southern Arizona.

The dinner event was a tribute to honor MLK and three local community members that represent that same spirit of change and equality. One of those recipients was EMCC's own Adolfo Gamez, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations and Development Operations, with the "MLK Community Empowerment Award." Gamez is also the mayor of the city of Tolleson.

He was joined by Lanette Campbell and Carole Coles Henry, who received the MLK Community Empowerment Award and the Judge Jean Williams Community Service Award, respectively.

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Estrella Mountain Community College is one of the 11 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. EMCC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 14,000 students annually. The flagship campus is located on Thomas and Dysart roads in Avondale and is home to the SouthWest Skill Center. Classes are also offered online and at EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center, located in downtown Buckeye, Ariz.