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MWA Honors Herbert Dennard, Sr.

Apr 18, 2022 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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Elected officials, dignitaries, MWA Board Members and Employees, as well as family and friends of Mr. Herbert Dennard, Sr. (with scissors) cut the ribbon to officially dedicate the MWA Herbert Dennard, Sr. Support Services Building in his honor.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) recently hosted a Special Dedication of the MWA Support Services Building in honor of Mr. Herbert Dennard, Sr., a local business, civic, and civil rights leader in Macon-Bibb County, who served as an elected Member of the MWA Board from 1981-1996.

The MWA Support Services Building is located at 918 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Macon. Approximately 100 Authority employees, local dignitaries, elected officials, and Mr. Dennard’s colleagues, family and friends were in attendance.

Featured speakers included MWA Executive Director Joey Leverette, Rev. Richard Robinson, MWA Chairman Sam Hart, MWA Vice-Chairman Frank Patterson, MWA Board Member Dr. Anissa Jones, MWA Attorney Virgil Adams, The Hon. Lester Miller, Mayor of Macon-Bibb County, Commissioner Elaine Lucas, Dr. Henry Ficklin, and Mr. Dennard’s Sister Gwendolyn Robinson, who sang a special tribute for her brother. The Authority’s Lisa Golphin was Mistress of Ceremony, who organized the festivities.

Following the remarks by these dignitaries, Mr. Dennard received a special proclamation from the MWA, presented by MWA Chairman Sam Hart, in addition to a proclamation from Macon-Bibb County, presented by Mayor Miller. MWA Vice-Chairman Frank Patterson also presented Mr. Dennard a gift basket on behalf of the Authority.

After a heartfelt keynote address by Mr. Dennard as the guest of honor, the Authority then celebrated his dedicated public service and career with a Ribbon Cutting to officially open the newly named Herbert Dennard, Sr. Support Services Building. The celebration concluded with the unveiling of the Casting that now adorns the building’s entrance.

“It’s absolutely amazing to be recognized with this honor while I’m still alive to enjoy it,” says Mr. Dennard. “It was always a team effort when I served on the (MWA) Board. You can’t do anything by yourself. You have to do things together.”

Mr. Herbert Dennard, Sr. is a native of Macon who grew up in Buffalo, NY, before returning home after military service in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He worked 37 years for Norfolk Southern Railway while attending Middle Georgia State University (formerly Macon Junior College) and Fort Valley State University.

Mr. Dennard also was an accomplished local business leader for more than 30 years, which included ownership and operation of the Afro American Boutique Shop, the Georgia Informer African American Newspaper, and the Herbert Dennard Television Show.

In addition to serving on the MWA Board, he was engaged as a civil rights leader and community activist. Mr. Dennard was a founding member of the Macon Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), a Member of the Board of Directors for the Coliseum Hospital of HCA, and a Member of the Macon-Bibb Board of Tax Assessors. He later worked with a small group called the Black Liberation Front, and he and his friend Bennie E. Lester founded the Medgar Malcolm Martin Educational Center.

As a Member of the MWA Board, he was Chair of the Finance Committee and also championed several policies, such as: recognizing Martin Luther Kind, Jr.’s Birthday as an official holiday, assuring black employees were hired and advanced to management positions, and implementing the Committee system and standing Committee Meetings for conducting Authority business.

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Contact: Lisa Golphin, MWA Sr. Executive of Strategic Planning/Public Relations
P: 478-464-5623
E: lisa.golphin@maconwater.org

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