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AGF selects Baxter as 2017 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

posted Jan 5, 2017, 4:00 AM by Bobby Clark
Mrs. Peggy B. Baxter was selected as this year's award winner

 
Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation along with Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha has selected Peggy B. Baxter as the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award winner. The award will be presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala on January 29th at the Melvin and Dottie Younts Conference Center on the campus of Furman University. The Gala will start at 3 PM and features dinner and entertainment from the local community.

In addition to presenting the winner of this year's award, the Gala serves as a lead event for MLK Activities in Greenville and at Furman University. Programs are planned from January 13th to February 18th of this year.
 
Mrs. Baxter retired from Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, CA and relocated to her native Greenville, South Carolina in 2003. At the time of her retirement, she was Senior Administrator for the Community Health and Governmental and Affairs at the hospital, and her tenure covered a span of 23 years. Mrs. Baxter has lived a "lifetime for work" for children and their health needs both in California and locally in Greenville.
 
She began as a Director of Clinical Social Work and after four years moved into various administrator roles and functions an executive staff for most of the service areas throughout the pediatric medical, teaching and research center. Prior to joining Children Hospital Peggy worked in Community Mental Health in various roles from Psychiatric Social Worker to Director of a Community Mental Health Clinic for children and families. For several years, she served an adjunct instructor at a Community College where she taught Human Growth and Development and Urban Sociology. For more than 35 years while in California, she served on numerous not-for-profit Board of Directors and statewide public policy commissions.
 
Mrs. Baxter is a founding Director for the Black Woman Organization for Political Action, and Director Safe Passage. She serves her local community as a member of the Sterling Land Trust Board of Directors, and Greenville’s Habit for Humanity's Board of Directors. She is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and serves on the Board of Director for South Carolina Cancer Alliance, New Horizon Family Health Center and the Piedmont Heath Foundation.
 
She is married to Charles Baxter and they reside in Greenville South Carolina. She is a Deacon at Long Branch Baptist Church of Greenville, SC. 
 
We are proud to include her with more than thirty winners of the MLK Citizenship Awards in the 38 years of the MLK Gala's history. Please join us as we honor Mrs. Baxter's accomplishments and the great legacy of Dr. King's life and message at this year's Gala. The Gala also raises funds for the Luke H. Chatman Scholarship, which is given proudly to Greenville High School students annually for four years.