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Guest Speaker Announced for 49th Human Relations Awards Banquet

Roaring 2020 – Vision for the Future

Post Date:01/21/2020 11:35 AM

Saying “Thank You” seems like such a simple gesture, but so many times volunteers and community organization that give so much to the community go unnoticed. Each year the City of Wilson’s Human Relations Commission sets a goal to make sure that doesn’t happen by holding the annual Human Relations Awards Banquet in late February. This year’s event, “Roaring 2020 – Vision for the Future” will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Darden Alumni Center. 

Anthony “Ant” Atkinson, Jr. will serve as the guest speaker. Ant is well known in Wilson for his unbelievable buzzer-beating 2007 game winning shot for Barton College in a NCAA Div-2 Championship game. Ant was born and raised in Wilson. He attended Greenfield School where his love for basketball blossomed. After college, he was invited to become a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, traveling to more than 85 countries and impacting the world for good. Ant is currently working as the Head Basketball Coach and teacher at Wilson Prepatory Academy. His reach has gone beyond basketball, speaking at conferences, basketball camps and schools and university sharing his story about perseverance, determination and faith.

Tickets are on sale in the Human Relations Office, located at 104 Goldsboro Street, for $15 per person.

The night of the banquet doors open at 6 pm and program starts at 6:30 pm.




The Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations until January 30 for the following categories:

Humanitarian of the Year - bestowed upon an individual who has unselfishly gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the disadvantaged of the community

Youth on the Move Award - for an individual or group of young citizens (K-12 grade) with a high level of community involvement, leadership or volunteerism

Inspirational Volunteer Award - recognizing an individual volunteer that inspires other to participate

Good Neighbor Award - for an individual or group that has initiated a new program that helped or improved the Wilson community
Community Spirit Award - for a group that gives back through community volunteer service or projects 

 Click this link for nomination forms.

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