Robert King, executive director of Booker Washington Community Center, was recently recognized as a recipient of the 2012 Community Service Award on behalf of the Rockford Park District. King is being honored for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement of parks and recreation in the Rockford-area community, specifically for his collaborative work with the Rockford Park District in the development of a master plan for Booker Washington Center. The Center is a 97-year-old community center that focuses on educational and social service programs for a predominantly African-American population. The Center is nationally recognized for its iconic work and holds an honorable mention in the United States Congress as Illinois’ oldest African-American community center.
As part of the award, King, along with a number of other citizens and organizations, was also recognized by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association and the Illinois Association of Park Districts. “I really appreciate the nomination of this prestigious award,” said King. “Partnering with the Rockford Park District continues to be a fun and rewarding experience. Indeed, the work that we are doing as a team at Booker is monumental, life changing and transformative. Some days are very hard, while others seem easier. Perhaps it’s because we can literally see the future, which is bright. Therefore, I must share the award with my Board members, staff, volunteers, and other partners. For without their undeniable commitment and determination of steel to change an iconic center, this award would not be possible.”
King will be further recognized during a special luncheon on April 16. On behalf of Soul News Network and the Rock River Valley, we congratulate him for his efforts.