Martin Luther King Jr. Keeping the Dream Alive

Feb. 25, 2022
| by:
Councilmember OD Harris

On Friday, Jan. 14, I hosted the Martin Luther King Jr., Keeping the Dream Alive Award Ceremony to honor Chandler community members and leaders who have helped to move the Chandler community forward. The individuals I recognized have made it their mission to inspire others with their vision, passion, dedication, and leadership in our community.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to put this event on and I look forward to continuing to work with these individuals.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients:

  • Ashlee Atkins
  • Michael Bankston
  • Keasha Beach
  • Crystal Blackwell
  • Bardo Brantley
  • Cristian Brantley
  • Laura Capello
  • Ernest Clark Jr.
  • Dr. Bill Crawford
  • Angel Encinas
  • Juanita Encinas
  • Michael Franklin
  • Brian Fox
  • Lisa Grayer
  • Monique Hughes
  • Faith Johnson
  • Jaylen Jones
  • Derek Kennard
  • Terri Kimble
  • Cianna Kirksey
  • Nzinga Lyakaremye
  • Shawn Mitchell
  • Julia Peixoto-Peters
  • Shelby Pedersen
  • Amya Rodriguez
  • Dr. Adama Sallu
  • Kiana Sears

I was honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Chandler’s long-time community leader and advocate, Pastor Victor Hardy. And I thought, what better way to get to know this amazing community leader than a quick Q&A?

  • How long have you lived in Chandler?
    I have lived in Chandler since 1999.
  • What do you think is your biggest accomplishment?
    I think my biggest accomplishment is bringing The Chandler Men of Action into existence. The City of Chandler helped in getting this organization set up and creating the African American Banquet.
  • How long have you been involved in the Chandler City Council meetings?
    I started doing the city council meetings since Mayor Tibshraeny’s administration.
  • How long have you been a pastor?
    I have been a Pastor at the Congregational Church of the Valley for the past 6 years.
  • What does it mean to you to have received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Councilmember Harris?
    I was very humbled by this award. I did not know that it has been a lifetime. I thank God for all He has given me and my family for supporting me.

Thank you, Pastor Hardy for all you do for the Chandler community!