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Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El receives Essence of Humanity Award


Crispus Attucks Community Center (CACC) on Monday will honor Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El of Lancaster through the Essence of Humanity Award Program. The awards will be presented at CACC’s 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast to be held Monday, January 19, from 7-9 a.m. at Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Sports & Fitness Center. The Essence of Humanity Award is intended to recognize individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity. The award also honors those who demonstrate a spirit of caring and provide…


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The Essence of Humanity Award Program recognizes individuals who demonstrate remarkable qualities including courage, love, and extraordinary strength in the face of adversity. Business and community leaders in South-Central Pennsylvania began the program in 2001 in order to celebrate and elevate the stories of these remarkable members of the community.