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Each September since 2008, the Joe “Butch” Martin (JBM) fund has presented Real M.M.E.N. (Men Meeting Evanston’s Needs) awards to African American males who embrace Mr. Martin’s philosophy of sharing whatever he had with those in need. The award honors men who unselfishly give their time, resources, skills, love and assistance without the expectation of recognition or compensation.
The 2019 Real M.M.E.N. awards went to Rev. Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors, who is senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Evanston and teaches Homiletics and Public Theology at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, and Michael Sutton, whose work experience in the private and public sector includes the Illinois Dept. of Transportation and 30 years of working with professional consulting firms.
Dr. Nabors received the award “for his unrelenting and unapologetic crusade for social justice across all communities.” Mr. Sutton, who has a strong history of philanthropic endeavors including providing scholarships at Northwestern and Chicago State Universities, was recognized “for his outreach and support to many communities.”
The JBM Fund also provides annual grants to Evanston organizations, focusing on non-profits that provide direct services to senior citizens and children. The fund awarded its 2019 service grant to the Evanston Public Library Resource Center.