YMCA to Honor Health Care Advocate Dr. Suzanne Afflalo and Real Estate Pioneer Theophilus Logan with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award

The 37th annual Jackie Robinson Family YMCA tribute event to take place virtually on Thursday, January 13, 2022

The YMCA of San Diego County will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award, Thursday, January 13, 2022. The commemoration will be a virtual event, hosted by the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, free and open to all, and broadcast live online beginning at 6:00pm.

A highlight of the celebration is the presentation of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award to honor two individuals who reflect the civil rights leader’s principles and ideals in both philosophy and action. Dr. Suzanne Afflalo, a family physician and medical director of the Alliance Health Clinic, and real estate pioneer Theophilus Logan, are this year’s recipients of the YMCA’s prestigious award.

Honored for her distinguished career of service to minority and under-served communities, Dr. Afflalo has implemented numerous community programs educating, encouraging and empowering people to obtain the best health possible. Mr. Logan, who is 104-years-old, was a civic pioneer in providing real estate and home ownership opportunities to mostly Black San Diegans in Logan Heights and Southeast San Diego.

“For 37 years, this event has brought together community members of all ages, races and backgrounds to celebrate Dr. King's legacy and recognize those among us that strive to put his words into action today,” said Anna Arancibia, Executive Director of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. “Both Dr. Afflalo and Mr. Logan represent the true spirit of Dr. King's work through their activism and action to removing barriers and creating opportunities in San Diego.”

The keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Arthur “Art” Lawrence Cribbs Jr., interim senior pastor at Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Virginia. The program features Heartbeat Academy’s Thundersquad, the Buffalo Soldiers presenting the colors and the iconic Martin Luther King, Jr. Choir of San Diego. The Youth Poetry and Art Contest illustrates the impact Dr. King’s legacy continues to have on young people today, and award-winning vocalist, Rebecca Jade, is the featured entertainment.

For more information and to register to participate, visit www.ymcasd.org/mlk.