MAS Freedom (MASF), as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), is pleased to announce that Deedra Abboud, Executive Director, MAS Freedom-Arizona, was one of nine Phoenix residents honored Friday for their commitment to creating a compassionate and socially just community. Friday morning’s award ceremony was held as part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Program and Breakfast, “Stand Up For Justice”.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Living the Dream Award’ recognizes seven individuals who embody the ideas of Dr. King through their personal commitment to human relations and justice.
Awardee, Deedra Abboud is the Executive Director of the Arizona chapter of MAS Freedom-Arizona, an organization devoted to building bridges between the Muslim community and the larger Phoenix community through education. She works with the Muslim community to create opportunities for them to volunteer and interact with society-at-large.
Ms. Abboud has worked with at-risk public high school girls to build their self-esteem and promote social change through ‘Girls for a Change’. She is also a graduate of the Phoenix Citizen Police Academy, a Girl Scout leader for a Muslim Girl Scout troop and an active member of Valley Interfaith Project and Interfaith Worker Justice.
The Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and the Phoenix Human Relations Commission recognized recipients of the Calvin C. Goode “Lifetime Achievement” award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream” award and the “Legacy” award during the breakfast.
Additional awardees included the late Rev. Dr. G. Benjamin Brooks Sr. for the Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement award; Dr. Rufus Glasper, Imran and Yasmine Hafiz, Fatimah Halim, Isabel McMahel and Yvonne Watterson for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream award; and Mrs. Georgie Goode, community activist.
The Phoenix Human Relations Commission partners with the city of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department and the Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee to coordinate the awards program.