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PHOTO GALLERY: Bill and Dolores Clark, Centro Latino win diversity awards

Thursday, January 14, 2010 | 11:14 a.m. CST; updated 6:57 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 14, 2010
Mayor Darwin Hindman congratulates 2010 Columbia Values Diversity Award winners Bill and Dolores Clark at the conclusion of the annual diversity celebration on Thursday morning.

*CORRECTION: Dolores Clark received a Columbia Values Diversity Award. An earlier version of this story misspelled her name. Also, Mayor Darwin Hindman said, "As our community has become more diverse, the need for organizations such as the Centro Latino has become increasingly vital." An earlier version of this story misquoted Hindman.

COLUMBIA — Bill and Dolores Clark* and Centro Latino were named the winners of the Columbia Values Diversity Awards on Thursday morning.

The awards are given to individuals and organizations who make significant contributions promoting appreciation for diversity and cultural understanding as part of the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration.

The Clarks were selected to receive the individual diversity award for fostering racial equality, understanding and respect, Mayor Darwin Hindman said.

Centro Latino, which works to stop human trafficking and provide immigration services, received the organizational award. Eduardo Crespi, the center's director, accepted the award on its behalf.

"As our community has become more diverse, the need for organizations such as the Centro Latino has become increasingly vital,"* Hindman said after he handed out the award.

Members of the Chinese Performing Arts Group performed a traditional dance at the 2010 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration on Thursday morning.
Director Eduardo Crespi of Centro Latino, the 2010 Columbia Values Diversity Award group winner, speaks with members of the Holiday Inn staff who worked at the annual diversity event on Thursday morning.
Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman presents the Columbia Values Diversity Awards at the annual celebration to the 2010 winners, Centro Latino, represented by director Eduardo Crespi, and Bill and Dolores Clark.
Attendees at the 2010 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration enjoy breakfast set to the music of the Swampweed Cajun Trio on Thursday morning. The event is part of a series of events surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
Kathleen Alexander interprets a song performed by Evann Jones during the 2010 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration on Thursday morning.

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