The City of Miami Gardens celebrated yesterday the life and work of community advocate, Georgia Ayers, declaring her birthday October 21st as Georgia Ayers Day, in her honor.
Ayers was active in the community since 1968, serving as Charter Member of the Opportunity Industrialization Center (I.O.C.) and 1967 developing the Miami-Dade Police Department Community Relations Council, and the Miami Police Department Community Relations Council in 1969. She was also the first recipient of the Miami Herald’s “Spirit of Excellence Award” in 1985.
Georgia has received numerous International, National, State and Local Awards, including the “Trailblazer Award” from the City of Miami Police Department; the Education and Community Service Award from Bethune Cookman College Alumni; and the Civil Rights Advocacy Award for the Florida Commission on Human Relations.
Ayers, who passed away in February this year, also founded the Alternative Program, to help thousands of first-time offenders find a second chance.