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.
Lilada Gee
Sheila Stubbs
Shyra Adams