400 Years slavery Four Kansans Being Recognized With Distinguished Service Awards

Four Kansans Being Recognized With Distinguished Service Awards 

Activists is the best way to describe all four Kansas recipients of the Distinguished Service Award being presented by the 400 Years of African-American History Commission. The commissioners established the Distinguished 400 Awards to be presented during this historic recognition.

The honorees are being recognized for their outstanding service to the community through non-profit service, philanthropy, public service and volunteerism while implementing a positive influence benefitting those in an underserved population.

Being recognized are:

Marvin Robinson for decades worked to preserve the old Quindaro Ruins site and the history of the area. This year, after nearly a decade of effort by Robinson and others, the Quindaro site was designated a National Commemorative Site.

U.L. “Rip” Gooch is a former pilot, aviation entrepreneur, Kansas elected official, and author. Gooch’s community service includes a stint on the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights, the Wichita City Council, and in the Kansas Senate. Gooch was one of the first inductees to the Black Aviation Hall of Fame.

Katherine Carper Sawyer is one of the youngest heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. At age 10, she testified in the case of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education. She was the only student to testify. Her mother Lena Carper also was a plaintiff in the case.

Dr. Galyn Vesey, an author, professor and researcher was an early activist. As a teenager, and youth member of the NAACP Wichita Branch, he participated in the Dockum Lunch Counter Sit-In which is now documented as the first successful lunch counter sit-in in America.

As part of their recognition, a brief bio of each honoree will be recorded in the Congressional Record.

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