DuPage AME Church to Honor Three for Lifetime Achievements

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Byline: Deborah Pankey Daily Herald Staff Writer

A DuPage church is recognizing three individuals Saturday for lifelong contributions in improving the quality of life for African-Americans.

The DuPage African Methodist Episcopal church in Lisle is honoring members of its congregation with the Heritage Lifetime Achievers awards. DuPage AME is the largest African-American church in the county.

"We have some very prominent members within our congregation who have done extensive work in the area of communications," said Annette Hardy, director of public relations and media.

"They've made meaningful contributions to the community at large and their church," she said. "We're not saying they're finished."

Sid Finley, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is among the recipients.

"He's a longtime civil rights activist," Hardy said. Finley used to host a Sunday radio talk show and lectures nationally.

The Rev. Henry Soles, a free-lance writer and magazine editor, also will be honored.

Soles has been nominated twice for Emmy awards and is executive editor of the "Children of Color Bible" and author of the "Soul Food New Testament."

Quanajanice Garland, editor of the DuPage AME's newsletter, is the third lifetime award recipient.

Garland also is the church's liaison to the "Christian Recorder," the newsletter of the AME church that reaches 1 million homes worldwide. …