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Posted on: September 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Awardees announced for annual Harold White Awards


The City of Jackson is announcing honorees for the 2023 Harold White Sr. Awards. The annual awards organized by the City’s Human Relations Commission recognizes Jackson residents and organizations making a difference in volunteering, diversity and inclusion. 

The following awardees will be recognized at the upcoming Harold White Sr. Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:00 a.m. at the MLK Recreation Center. 

Diversity Award: Lezlie Bowles 

Lezlie Bowles serves as the Diversity Liaison for Baker College’s Jackson Campus and has a distinguished career as an educator and community engagement specialist. During her multi-faceted career as a teacher, principal, college professor and liaison, Bowles has been instrumental in promoting educational access and fostering diversity.

Inclusion Award: Al Glick 

Al Glick, the late chairman and CEO of Alro Steel, was not just an astute businessman, but a philanthropic leader whose contributions have had a lasting impact on communities in Jackson and Ann Arbor. Glick was known for his generous support of various educational and athletic programs at local public schools and the MLK Recreation Center. 

Volunteer Award: Maria Rubio

Maria Rubio is an extraordinary community advocate and volunteer, most notably for her extensive work providing assistance to the Hispanic/LatinX Community. From food distribution to financial help, Rubio has been an indispensable community resource. 

Tickets to the Harold White Sr. Awards Breakfast can be purchased from the City of Jackson Personnel Office by calling 517-788-4046 or visiting the office on the 6th Floor of City Hall, 161 W. Michigan Ave., during normal business hours. Tickets are $25 per person and includes breakfast. The MLK Recreation Center is located at 1107 Adrian St. 

This year’s event will feature a re-introduction of the Human Relations Commission to the community with a history of commission and tribute to the Harold White family. Awardees names will also be placed on the Harold White Memorial Marker in Downtown Jackson’s Horace Blackman Park later this year.

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