KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ebenezer A.M.E Church in Kansas City, Mo., is celebrating its 128th church anniversary this year.
As part of its annual anniversary celebration, the church honors individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills in the areas of community service, education, medicine, missionary service and religion with the Reverend Grady Ray Brown Spirit Award.
On Saturday, Cynthia Newsome was honored to receive a Spirit Award for community service at a luncheon at St. Paul School of Theology. She was recognized for founding Awesome Ambitions, a goal-setting program for girls in the Kansas City Public School District.
Church leaders also considered her efforts in the media as a breast cancer survivor to encourage women to do monthly self-exams and get annual mammograms.
Dr. Jamesina Evans, Rev. Theodore Evans, Rev. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr: Dr. Stephen Green, Patricia Jones, Rosemary Lowe and Dr. Henry Randall also received a Spirit Award for their contributions to improve Kansas City.
Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church at 3800 Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard in Kansas City was founded in 1787.