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Local non-profit celebrates its volunteers at awards banquet

By Michelle Dillon [email protected] Mar 12, 2024 

The Fred Douglass Economic Development Corporation hosted an awards banquet Saturday, March 9, celebrating volunteerism and community service.

Kenya Etim recognized the Legacy Dragon Volunteers for their many efforts.

“Lincoln Park revitalization Phase 1 is underway because of the unrelenting dedication of those Legacy Dragons Volunteers in bolstering awareness and raising funds,” she said. “Through the launching of Neighbors Helping Neighbors by Letitia Horace, District 1, homes are getting much needed renovations. Through the efforts of Michall Williams and the Juneteenth Committee, history is being celebrated annually. And by the Fred Douglass Alumni Association memorializing historical facts, history is being preserved.”

Lue Ann Williams received the Community Service Award. A member of the FDCDC, Williams helps organize community volunteers to keep the Lincoln Park area clean by picking up trash on a monthly basis. She organized the Back to School Bash for District 1 children, in which school supplies, backpacks, undergarments, clothing and shoes were given.

“This award is not just for me. It’s for all the volunteers that hung in there,” she said. “Once they got started, we volunteers were ready to keep it up. And this is for all the volunteers; we made it.”

Hallie Peoples was named the Honorary Parade Marshal.

“I don’t know how much I’ve done, but tonight, you all have blessed me so," Peoples said. "This is truly a blessing. This goes to everyone in Jacksonville, because I know that most of you know that I have said, ‘I need you to do this for me.’”

The Business Award was presented to Walmart. Store Manager D’Angelo Watson, with assistance from Debra Weatherall, accepted the award.

“Walmart is wonderful," Weatherall said. "It values its customers. It values its employees. Thank y’all so much." Watson said he had requested help with the speech because he had just found out Walmart had won.

“This is very important and we’re proud,” he said. “I can tell you that my face is on the front wall as you walk in the door, but there’s 300 people behind me that make it happen.”

Speakers for the evening included Brett Brewer, who spoke about the contributions of M.C. Wade to the Lincoln Park community; and Patti Williams Eden, who reminisced about her time as a sixth-grader, whose classes were held on the old Fred Douglass High School campus.

Jacksonville native and former pro-football player Marshall Johnson served as keynote speaker.

“When you have a community coming together and bringing what they have to the table, that means all of us are going to be better off,” he said. “That is a strong indication of a healthy, thriving, compassionate community.”

Johnson recalled a number of people who had an impact on his life through their work and volunteerism.

“So often we wait for the frustrated, dedicated few to carry the load for us,” he said, before encouraging those gathered to become involved. “The least thing you can do is encourage and show a little appreciation for their efforts. Sometimes, that’s the only currency some of us need, to be acknowledged, to be recognized for what we’re striving to do and know that it matters to you.”

For information about the Fred Douglass Economic Development Corporation, visit fdcdc.org

Awards Banquet 2024

$8972 was raised for the Lincoln Park Renovation Project

Jacksonville native and former NFL player Marshall Johnson was guest speaker at the FDCDC awards banquet Saturday, March 9.

Michelle Dillon/Jacksonville Progress

Award Winners

Michelle Dillon/Jacksonville Progress

Community Service Award

Lu Ann Williams

Honorary Marshal Award

Hallie Peoples

Business Award

Debra Weatherall & D'Angelo Watson on behalf of Walmart

Highlights of the Evening

Board Members, Speakers, and Award Precipitants in Action

The President

Vice President

Financial Secretary

Corresponding Secretary


Keynote Speaker

Memories in History

Reflections of a Student

News Media Recognition

Community Service Award 

Parade Marshall Award

Business Award

Award Recipients

Legacy Dragons Volunteers

Prize Giveaways

Our Progress

Planning Phase

Implementation Phase

3 Phase Development of the Lincoln Park area presented by FDCDC Board of Trustee, Dr. Kenya I. Sekoni Etim  


Phase 1: Renovate the park
Phase 2: Create a community garden
Phase 3: Build a community center

FDCDC is teaming up with other community leaders interested in improving District 1- the Lincoln Park neighborhood to start Phase 1.


Safer: better lighting, neighborhood watch, better equipment.

Smarter: An intentional playground
helps children develop emotionally and intellectually.

Healthier: Improve balance, strength, mobility of seniors and kids. 

Our Fred Douglass Family includes a fine group of people operating as a team with the common objective of keeping the Fred Douglass dream alive and improving the community. All of us play an important part in making this happen. I am pleased and honored to be part of the Fred Douglass Family, and I am looking forward to all of us working on this important community project together.


Willie J. Howard 


FDCDC has a fundamental belief that poverty cycles can be broken by education, hard work and opportunity. We envision young boys and girls in Jacksonville growing up with dreams of becoming confident and successful citizens in their community. Our belief is if they are given the proper tools, resources and guidance they are more likely to fulfill their destiny.

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Please be reminded that the FDCDC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Thank you in advance for your contribution and God Bless you and your family!


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