Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award 2021 Awardees
From the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award Committee
Madison and Dane County awarded the 2021 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Awards at the January 18th virtual City-County King Holiday Observance. They are:
Shyra Adams - Emerging Leader Unrewarded Efforts/New Initiatives Shyra Adams (she/her) is a Black Queer Youth Coordinator at Freedom Inc. Shyra loves to be with her family and friends. She has been with the organization since she was thirteen years old and started off in Black Beauties, a group for young Black girls. Now Shyra is an coordinator of black girls group at Freedom Inc. called Black girl matter. She is also working on the Police Free School campaign to ensure cops are out of schools and Black and Brown students feel safe and invested in. The summer of 2020, Shyra and her team was able to get cops out of schools. Additionally, Shyra is on the Food Justice Team and works at the Freedom Food Pantry to make sure Black folks get affordable and healthy foods. Shyra supports the Books and Breakfast program to help develop children's literacy skills and teach them how to be safe. She also hopes one day she can support more youth of color and Queer youth with their mental health. Shyra is adopted by two parents and surrounded by three siblings. She is currently going to MATC to be in the medical field. Her goal is to one day become an OBGYN. Shyra has a desire to help her community with love and passion.
Shelia Stubbs - Humanitarian Leader Born in Camden, Arkansas, Representative Shelia Stubbs moved to Beloit, WI when she was five years old and graduated from Beloit Memorial High School. She attended Tougaloo College and Jackson State University, both located in Jackson, Mississippi. In addition, she attended Mount Senario College located in Ladysmith, WI and Cardinal Stritch University located in Milwaukee. She obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in Criminal Justice Administration; bachelors of arts in Political Science; master’s of Science & Management. She was given the distinct honor of teaching all courses offered in the Bachelors of Criminal Justice Program at Mount Senario College. She was a member of the Who’s Who Among High School Students, National Dean List and graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors. Rep Stubbs is a trailblazer. She was elected as the Dane County Board of Supervisor, District 23-South Madison on April 18, 2006-current. Supervisor Shelia Stubbs is a trailblazer. She was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly on August 15, 2018 and become the first African American to represent Dane County in the legislature breaking 170 years of history. She represents District 77 which represents the south and west parts of the city of Madison. She has served as the Chair of the Health and Human Needs Committee and as second vice-chair of the Dane County Board of Supervisors. Her current Dane County Committee assignments include Personnel & Finance Committee; the Racial Disparities Sub-Committee; and the; Alliant Energy Center Comprehensive Master Plan Oversight Committee. She has also served as Chair of the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus. Representative Shelia Stubbs is extremely active in the community in providing leadership, mentoring and volunteer services. She has served as president of the Bridge/Lake Point Neighborhood Association first-vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ; Madison Branch among others. She is a member of Madison Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was the recipient of many community recognition and service awards including 5th Annual Pride Festival Spirit Award, Friends of Joining Forces for Families Award, the Community Award from the Madison Metropolitan Chapter of the Links, Inc 2017, 2019 Midge Miller Award for Outstanding Elected Official Presented by the Democratic Party of Dane County, 2019 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award Recipient, and 2020 BRAVA Woman to Watch Recipient. She was ordained on May 26, 2013 at End Time Ministries International under the leadership of Bishop Godfrey A. Stubbs to whom she is married and co- founded the church with.
Lilada Gee - Humanitarian Leader/New Initiatives Lilada Gee is an artist, muralist, healer, preacher, author and international inspirational speaker and podcast host. Drawing upon her experiences as a survivor of both childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence, Lilada founded a non-profit organization—Defending Black Girlhood—that specializes in advocating for Black girls being safe in their homes, schools and communities to live, learn and be loved. Via her Black Woman Heal Collective, she has sparked an international healing movement throughout the African Diaspora that empowers Black women to create safe places for themselves and Black girls to heal. For more information, please visit Lilada.org.