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Godfrey Dillard Honored At The Southeastern Conference Championships

Image result for Attorney Godfrey DillardDetroit, MI –  Godfrey Dillard, former Democratic nominee for Michigan Secretary of State in 2014 has been named the recipient of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award.  Dillard will be honored on national television during multiple SEC Football Championship Weekend events, December 1-2, in Atlanta, GA along with five additional trailblazing athletes.
Attorney Godfrey Dillard has spent his entire life breaking barriers and advancing civil rights inside and outside the courtroom.  As one of the first African-American basketball players to integrate the Southeastern Conference, helping end Jim Crow polices during the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s.  As a lawyer, Dillard fought for civil rights and served as lead counsel to a group of University of Michigan students of color in the case in which the United States Supreme Court preserved Affirmative Action.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award and to be able to celebrate together with the others joining me today” Dillard said of the award. “I treasure these life-long lessons and the profound impact they had on my life and am thankful for those who came after me.”

[1]“These men are important leaders in the history of the SEC and each is deserving of this honor,” Sankey said. “Each contributed change that blossomed today into thousands of opportunities in every SEC sport and in the academic programs of our universities. Those who endured in the early moments of change serve as reminders of our mutual responsibility to support opportunities for today’s young people, make certain we foster their education and graduation and bring together our communities through our universities and athletics programs.” 

[2]The Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award is presented on special occasions to former student-athletes, coaches, graduates or administrators of SEC institutions or the conference office who have maintained a lifetime of interest in college athletics and who, over a significant period of time, have exhibited superior leadership qualities and made a significant impact to the betterment of the mission of the Southeastern Conference. The six winners collectively embody the goal of this unique award. The Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award is named for Mike Slive, commissioner of the SEC from 2002-14.  Slive was named the first winner of the award upon his retirement in 2014 and the award was subsequently named in his honor.

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