McKiver receives MLK Community Service Award
In pursuit of a community member who embodies qualities represented by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the MLK Social Action Committee tapped a local pioneer to claim one its most prestigious award.
Vickie McKiver of Thomasville Parks and Recreation was selected by the Committee to receive one of two MLK Community Service awards for 2013.
"Mrs. McKiver is a community champion and she is a mainstay of stability in our recreation department," said the Rev. Dr. George Jackson, founder and chairman of the MLK Social Action Committee. "She is the first African-American woman to be the director of Thomasville Parks and Recreation. It was very important for us to recognize her in that capacity and highlight her achievements."
Recipients of the award are considered by members of the Social Action Committee, which pinpoints a member of the community who exhibits unselfishness and a concern for the plight of others. Previous award members are also polled in determining nominees.
Jackson describes the award winners as members of the community who attempt to build the Chair City community without using a platform for their own accolades.
He said McKiver fit the criteria perfectly.
"Vickie exemplifies Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolent social change," Jackson said. "Our 2011 award winner, David Gordon, highly recommended Vickie because of her outstanding support in the community and her ministry of reaching out to others."
McKiver graduated from Ragsdale High School in 1976 and has been employed with the city of Thomasville for 27 years. She has maintained her current position as director of Parks and Recreation since October 2011, and also serves as board member of Communities In Schools, Davidson County Wellness Committee, Davidson County Healthy Communities Coalition and Fairgrove Family Resource Center.
McKiver has used her position as a staff member with the city of Thomasville to promote fairness and equality for others in the community. As a result, she will be honored for her service by receiving her award at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Richfork Baptist Church.
"You don't realize how many people are watching you. People that work with you, who you try to instill values in their lives...they listen," McKiver said. "When I go out and do things, I don't look for rewards. I do it from my heart.
"Thinking about Dr. King and what he went through...to receive an award with his name on it means a lot."
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.