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MLK Drum Major Service Awards for CrossRoadsNews, Parkers

Rosie Manins | 2/17/2017, 6 a.m.
CrossroadsNews and its owners Jennifer and Curtis Parker are 2017 MLK Drum Major for Service Award recipients. The Parkers and ...
The Howey Hudson Lowe Foundation recognized CrossRoadsNews owners Jennifer and Curtis Parker as “unsung heroes” at the Jan. 28 expo.

CrossroadsNews and its owners Jennifer and Curtis Parker are 2017 MLK Drum Major for Service Award recipients.

The Parkers and their community newspaper, which has been covering south DeKalb County since 1995, were recognized by the Howey Hudson Lowe Foundation.

Brenda Jackson, a co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit, said they recognized the Parkers for being “unsung heroes” within our community.

“They needed to be honored for their volunteer service that they have provided to the South DeKalb community for all these years,” Jackson said.

The foundation also recognized 41 other volunteers who support its mission of serving the homeless community and other disadvantaged people.

Jackson said the foundation, launched in 2004, could not exist or achieve its mission without its volunteers.

The awards were presented on Jan. 28 at the foundation’s annual recognition luncheon.

Jackson presented the awards to the Parkers during the 12th annual CrossRoadsNews Health & Wellness Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest, which took place on the same day.

The Parkers each received Gold awards and CrossRoadsNews got a MLK Drum Major for Service President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama that recognizes local leaders who perform extraordinary acts of service.

The letter from the White House said that newspaper’s volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment that moves America a step closer to its great promise.

“Thank you for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great nation,” the President wrote.

Jennifer Parker said she and her husband were touched by foundation’s generosity.

“It’s always nice to be recognized,” she said. “We will treasure the awards and on the days that we have to dig deep to keep going, we will look to them for inspiration.”