STOCKBRIDGE – Actor Chris Tucker received the Humanitarian Award at Saturday’s African American Heritage Celebration in Stockbridge.
The event, hosted by Stockbridge Mayor Pro Tem Alphonso Thomas, brought a large crowd to the Merle Manders Conference Center.
“I always look forward to honoring those dynamic trailblazers of our society,” Thomas said in a release. “I was honored to award the Humanitarian Award to the super talented actor and comedian Chris Tucker. All of our honorees are quite unique and leave a lasting impact on the community at large.”
Tucker, an Atlanta native, has starred in a number of major motion pictures over the years, including “Friday,” “the Fifth Element” and the “Rush Hour” movies.
Others were honored at the celebration, including Stockbridge residents Robert Kolpak, Craig Powell and Michael Parrish. The three were awarded the Community Impact Award for their role in preserving Cochran Park, a baseball park located in the Stockbridge city limits.
The park was closed last year by the Henry County government due to concerns with the park’s stormwater system and infrastructure, which the county stated had led to sinkholes.
However, a community push to re-open the park, led by Kolpak, Powell and Parrish, led to the county and city agreeing to repair the infrastructure around the park, re-open it for the area’s baseball leagues and turn it over to the city of Stockbridge.
A number of dignitaries were on hand at Saturday’s event, including keynote speaker Rev. Belinda McCastle of Red Oak United Methodist Church in Stockbridge, Fox 5 News’ Marissa Mitchell and award-winning poet Steaven L. Misher.