Tuesday, January 15, 2013 · by Tamara Aparton
San Francisco, CA — For her work empowering youth in the Western Addition, Mo’ MAGIC Director Sheryl Davis will be honored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Davis will receive the Anthony F. Logan Award Jan. 31 at the organization’s 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. Logan Award winners are selected for their outstanding contribution toward advancing and empowering communities of color.
The MAGIC (Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in Our Communities) was founded by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office to improve the quality of life for families in low income San Francisco neighborhoods and provide early intervention activities that help reduce juvenile crime. Bayview Magic was born in 2004, and Mo’ MAGIC began in 2006 to serve those in the Fillmore/Western Addition.
Kimberly Thomas Rapp, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, said Davis was selected for her vision and community leadership.
“Sheryl Davis is an exemplary community partner who inspires others. We have partnered with her and Mo’MAGIC to provide important legal services and education to the community. Sheryl’s visionary leadership through Mo’MAGIC has been invaluable to empowering individuals and communities of color. Community empowerment is at the heart of the mission of Lawyers’ Committee and the bedrock of the ongoing civil rights movement. Sheryl is the well-deserved recipient of the Committee’s Anthony F. Logan Award for her outstanding contribution to advancing social justice,” Rapp said.
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi praised Davis’ accomplishments providing health, literacy, educational and mentorship support to countless Western Addition families.
“For over six years, Sheryl Davis has led one of San Francisco’s largest and most successful collaboratives of youth and family providers, and she has worked tirelessly to improve outcomes for underserved youth in the Western Addition/Fillmore neighborhoods,” Adachi said. “Under Sheryl’s leadership last year alone, 1,200 students went to school with new backpacks and school supplies, more than 800 children participated in summer learning day and more than 600 residents attended National Night Out.”