The Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center office and programs assistant, Nancy Cross Harris, was awarded the 2023 City’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award on Jan. 16, according to a news release by the City of Bloomington.
The award recognizes those who have made strides in areas such as race relations, justice and human rights.
Dep. Mayor Mary Catherine Carmichael presented the award to Cross-Harris at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, according to the same press release.
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The press release goes on to write that Cross-Harris has long been passionate about Black history, Bloomington history and Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center history. Her knowledge of such history and life experiences inspires her work.
Cross-Harris recently helped in making the Bethel AME Church, a Black congregation church, a recognized historic site in Bloomington. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was also heavily involved in the church’s Food Distribution Ministry, according to the press release.