Media Fellowship House was honored with a Foot Soldier for Justice Award from the NAACP. The presentation was made at the closing banquet of the NAACP Pennsylvania State Convention which was hosted by the Media Area Unit.
The letter informing Fellowship House of the award said, “We believe that you deserve this recognition because of your commitment and work to build a community free of injustice through programs for social change, to provide programs designed to further good relations and better understanding between individuals and groups and to enrich the lives of the participants, to provide a place where people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs can meet to enjoy common interests and to work toward the solution of common problems, and to develop respect for and support the fundamental rights of all people.”
The designation of “foot soldier” was explained by Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn, Media Area Unit President and a MFH board member.
“What is a foot soldier? Someone who hits the ground and works to overcome opposition,” said Dr. Duvall-Flynn.
MFH Executive Director Jerry Duffy accepted the award on behalf of the 72-year-old organization.
“We are honored to receive this award as it reflects our mission to build a community free of injustice,” Jerry said. “But we should ask ourselves, ‘Are we living up to that mandate? Are we doing enough? Would our founders be happy with what we are doing?’ Thank you for this great honor,” he concluded.
Receiving the award may be viewed as reinforcement of Fellowship House endeavors. But it may also be put in context of several other Foot Soldier for Justice awards. Cheyney University was recognized for playing a significant part of the growth of black America, said Dr. Julius B. Flynn (also an award recipient) who was accompanied by Cheyney colleague Dr. Noah Thorpe.
Dr. Flynn referred to Cheyney, founded in 1837, as the David versus Goliath, not only in becoming the nation’s first historically black institution of higher learning, but for opening doors to countless others by training teachers.
Media Mayor Bob McMahon and Reverend Warren D. Mays Sr., pastor of Second Baptist Church, have been committed supporters of Fellowship House for years. Each was praised for their various contributions to the community, through civic and faith-based activities.
Fellowship House is pleased to find itself in the company of such esteemed individuals and institutions that have similar goals of securing, ensuring and furthering the cause of justice in all aspects of life.