Kalamazoo leaders and organizations honored at ISAAC virtual banquet


KALAMAZOO, MI – Reverend Michael Eric Dyson will be the keynote speaker at the ISAAC Virtual Banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 11.

Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community will broadcast the event “Seizing Change at the Root: Growing the Beloved Community” on Facebook and YouTube Live, starting at 5:30 pm with a pre-show; Brooke Edwards, a singer from Galilee Baptist Church will perform.

Registration for the event is free at www.isaackalamazoo.org.

Dyson is a sociology professor at Georgetown University, an ordained member of the clergy, opinion writer for the New York Times, and editor for The New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated website.

His new book, “Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America” will be released on November 2nd. Dyson’s recent book, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America” was an instant New York Times bestseller, according to the ISAAC release.

“We are beyond grateful to ISAAC for bringing in Reverend Dr. Michael Eric Dyson to inspire Kalamazoo County,” said Doug King, President of ISAAC and Pastor of Grace Covenant Ministries at Western Michigan University. “Dr. Dyson is in high demand right now because of his new book which has just been released.

The ISAAC 2021 awards will be presented to:

  • First United Methodist Church: Congregation of the year
  • Sholanna Lewis, recent director of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT): Equity woman.
  • Kathy White from the Baptist Church in Galilee: Lifetime Achievement
  • “Homes for All” campaign led by Stephanie Hoffman, David Artley and Chris Bruns: Public ally of the year
  • Rabbi Schicker of Temple B’nai Israel: Clergy of the Year
  • Wendy Fields, President of the NAACP: Leader of the year
  • Vice-Mayor Patrese Griffin: Elected Ally of the Year
  • Adrian Vazquez, Executive Director of El Concilio: Head of department of the year

ISAAC event sponsors to date include Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo; Temple B’nai Israel; SWMI UU Community Church; PFC groceries and natural meats; Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc .; Hartsough Consulting, LLC; and the Episcopal Church of Saint Barnabas.

To become a sponsor, complete the Google form: https://forms.gle/82trUbde4hJWX3J58.

Although the “banquet” is virtual, there are still opportunities in the community to enjoy a meal with the message of the event.

“A food banquet will be available in the weeks following the ISAAC event at local BIPOC-owned restaurants (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) who donate a portion of their proceeds to support ISAAC,” said Charlae Davis, Executive Director ISAAC.

The dates and details of each restaurant will be listed on the ISAAC website.

ISAAC long-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies and other clothing labeled “ISAAC: Cultivating Beloved Community” can also be ordered from the ISAAC website.

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