Spooner First Recipient of MLK Award at Covenant Shores

MERCER ISLAND, WA (April 4, 2018) — Harold Spooner became the first recipient of the “Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Award,” at Covenant Shores Retirement Community Tuesday night.

Spooner is the vice president of community impact for Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC). He is the first recipient of the award.

The award was presented on behalf of the Diversity Awareness Partners (DAP) at Covenant Shores. DAP is a resident-driven committee that seeks to educate on matters of diversity, latent prejudice, and tolerance.

It developed out of the “Breakfast Club” initiative launched by CRC several years ago. Through the initiative, campus residents and employees from diverse ethnic backgrounds meet for breakfast to talk about their lives.

Spooner spoke Tuesday during a gathering at the community on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the slaying of the civil rights leader. After Spooner gave his talk on “Keeping the Dream Alive,” chaplain Greg Asimakoupoulos surprised him with the award. The award was a personalized framed print of Isaiah 1:17 illustrated by calligrapher Timothy Botts.

The award will be presented annually each January on Martin Luther King Day to a resident or member of the community who has demonstrated a commitment to the core values of King’s dream, Asimakoupoulos said. Those values include radical love, racial reconciliation, concern for the homeless and refugees, compassion for the poor, and mercy for the marginalized of society.

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  1. Praise the Lord and congrats Harold! It has been a pleasure getting to know you through participation in various E.C.C. ministries, gatherings, boards, committees and Sankofa Journeys. I’m a witness that your kind smile and words of encouragements often helps make safe places for hard interracial conversations to take place. “Your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” Amen!

    Your Sister in Christ,
    Pat Adaranijo.

  2. Congratulations and blessings galore to Harold Spooner on the Spirit of MLK Award! He has been extravagantly generous with his time and friendship from his early ECC days with Jim Lundeen right up to today. How many Sankofas has he been on? How many Mosaic trips? HIs legacy includes those Breakfast Clubs, the Fivefold Test and unknown number of meetings as the sole participant for people of color. Time and again he leaned in to help those of other races understand the need for justice, compassion and mercy in our personal and denominational ministry for Christ.

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