The Peacemaker Award is designed to recognize a member of the community who has made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, building good will and understanding, resolving conflict, and striving for peace.
The award will be given during Nation Conflict Resolution Week at the Upstate Mediation Center’s Peacemaking Celebration to honor UMC Volunteers and this year’s Peacemaker!
A selection committee made up of UMC’s Executive Committee and representatives from our corporate sponsors will be looking for nominees that use innovative techniques or ideas that show appreciable change in our community; people who live kind, compassionate, and generous lives. For example, the person may have established a mentoring program, created a safe place for children after school, developed a creative fund-raiser, or worked in a peer program that showed improvement in bullying.
The Upstate Mediation Center (“UMC”) is pleased to announce the 2020 Peacemaker Award recipient is Meliah Bowers Jefferson. Ms. Jefferson was nominated for her work in organizing the Lawyers Standing Against Racial Injustice Protest, a peaceful protest by lawyers in Greenville, this summer following the death of George Floyd.
Ms. Jefferson, a litigation attorney with Wyche, PA, was inspired to bring together members of the Greenville County Bar Association to stand together against racial injustice. She organized a peaceful protest for attorneys: plaintiff attorneys and defense attorneys; solicitors and defenders; adversaries and advocates. Bringing together all members of the Bar regardless of their demographics, Ms. Jefferson invited the attorneys to gather on a summer afternoon in front of the Peace Center in downtown Greenville in solidarity with those across the country protesting racial injustice.
The UMC is seeking monetary contributions to offset the costs of the event. Corporate sponsorships will be available to local businesses, legal professionals, and the community. Each sponsorship level with their related incentives are listed below:
The 2022 Peacemaker Award Celebration will be on Tuesday, October 18th at Endeavor. Nominations begin May 1 through the end of August. The event will feature recognition of UMC volunteers and conclude with our corporate sponsor presenting the Peacemaker Award to the recipient.
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