Voices Against Indifference Initiative

The Harry Wu Project

January – February 2000

First Annual Echo Award Dinner

Piedmont Ballroom at Hilton Charlotte & Towers, 222 E. 3rd St.
February 23, 2000, 6:30 PM

The Echo Award honors a member of the Mecklenburg County community who works with an eye toward peace, a heart filled with compassion and a voice against indifference, in order to remind our community of its highest ideals.

This year’s recipient was Bank of America executive Joe Martin. His compassionate action for the rights and dignity of all people has earned him a special place in the heart of the Charlotte community. His initiation of “Race Day,” which encouraged people of different races to go to lunch together, his eloquent lobbying for a public library plan for the disabled and his heartfelt plea for a halt to the divisive discourse surrounding arts funding issues, demonstrate Martin’s continuing quest for building community through peaceful action and dialogue. Though physically challenged because of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Martin continues to serve as special counsel to Bank of America and speak for equality and justice in our community

Dinner Sponsors:

Time Warner Cable

Bank of America

BF Goodrich

Lee Morgan, Inc.

Johnson C. Smith University

Robert and Cyndee Patterson

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Guest Speaker:  Harry Wu

Award Recipient:  Joe Martin

Presented by:  Hugh McColl