On Sunday Oct 2, 2016, Detroit dance and fashion icon Fast Freddy Anderson launched his first “Fast Freddy” Community Award Gala at his 70th birthday party at the Northwest Activities Center in Detroit. AHRC secretary Isaac Robinson served as chair of the event. Councilman Gabe Leland and State Rep. Rose Mary Robinson prepared tributes for all of the honorees. Attendees included Judge Craig Strong, Judge Edward Ewell, Judge Larry Williams, Jr., Judge Frank Szymanski, Judge David A. Perkins, School Board Member Tawanna Simpson, School Board Member Herman Davis, Minister Malik Shabazz and Rev. David Bullock.
Awards presented included: Employer of the Year: Captain Jay’s Fish and Chicken, Icon Award Honorees: included Judge Deborah Thomas, Dr. John Telford, R.J.Watkins, Anna Jackson, Nat Morris, Roy Isaac III and Imad Hamad of the AHRC-USA. Justice in the Neighborhood Awards: Attorney Thomas John Hathaway, retired Inkster police officer Danny VanSchoiack, Warriors on Wheels leader Lisa Franklin and Attorney Kelly Ann Ramsey and many more awards in a variety of categories. Over 500 attended this first annual celebration of local community champions and unsung heroes.
“I deeply appreciate Fast Freddy Anderson, Councilman Leland and Rep. Rose Mary C. Robinson for recognizing my civil rights activism and the work of the ARHC, ” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director, recipient of one of the Icon Awards. “The First Annual Fast Freddy Community awards were huge success that brought hundreds of people together for a great celebration. It was an honor to be included.”