North County Churches United President Earns Lifetime Award

Rance Thomas, professor Emeritus of Sociology/Criminal Justice and president of North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice, was recently awarded the Human Rights Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Thomas is the former president of Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial, and local columnist for the Telegraph Newspaper in Alton, Illinois for 20 years.

The  Human Rights award was awarded by the Lovejoy Memorial for his longtime commitment to Civil Rights and social justice, and the Lifetime Achievement award was awarded by The Coalition of Concerned Citizens of the Alton Area in Illinois for his outstanding contribution to the Alton area for approximately 40 years.

Dr. Thomas presented the prestigious Lovejoy Memorial Human Rights Award to the late widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mrs. Coretta Scott King, at Principia College shortly after beginning his eight year term as president of the Lovejoy Memorial  before an overflow crowd of 2,000 . Thomas said that he was energized to work even harder to make a difference within the community, because of Mrs. King’s firsthand report of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King.s work and thoughts during this movement.


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