Reat Griffin Underwood, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, Teresa Lamanno. On April 13, 2014, a white supremacist killed 14 year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and his grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, a family practice and emergency room doctor, as they arrived at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas, for Reat’s audition for Kansas City Superstar. Minutes later, the gunman murdered Teresa Lamanno, an occupational therapist working with visually impaired children, as she was walking to visit her mother at Shalom Village, a Jewish retirement community. Mindy Corporon, who lost her son and father that day, and Teresa’s husband, Dr. William Lamanno, will join us to accept the Kay Family Award on behalf of their families.
Billy Mills. William Mervin (“Billy”) Mills is an Olympic gold medal winner, former officer in the United States Marine Corps, and has devoted his life to giving back to Native American people. An Oglala Lakota (Sioux), Billy was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Orphaned at age 12, he began running and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Kansas, where he was an All-American in cross-country and led the university to two consecutive national outdoor championships. In 1964, while serving as a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, he competed in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and won the gold medal in the 10,000 meters. Having grown up in poverty, and experienced racism throughout his athletic career, Billy has dedicated his life to improving the lives of American Indian children. Billy Mills will join us to accept the Kay Family Award.
Jacqueline Murekatete. Jacqueline Murekatete is a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide and a human rights activist. In 1994, at the age of nine, Jacqueline’s parents and siblings were murdered, along with hundreds of thousands of other Tutsis, by members of the Hutu majority. Adopted by an uncle in the United States, Jacqueline first told her story after hearing a Holocaust survivor, David Gewitzman, speak at her school. Jacqueline was honored at the 2004 ADL Concert on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary ADL Concert, Jacqueline will be honored again, and the next chapter in her story will be told. Jacqueline Murekatete will join us to accept the Kay Family Award.
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