Columbia 2018 Atlantic Peace & Dialogue Awards Ceremony
Date: April 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm.
Venue: Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter St, Columbia, SC 29201
Kemal Korucu is the president of the board of directors of Southeast Islamic Community Center.
He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Georgia, including the Istanbul Cultural Center,
Neshama Interfaith Center, The Atlantic Institute and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light.
Outside of his work for his own software development company, Kemal always gives generously of his time,
is frequently invited to speak at programs such as this and volunteers for interfaith dialogue activities whenever possible.
Through him, many of us have learned about Islam and Sufism, and commonalities with other faith traditions.
In 2014 he was honored as one of “100 Most Influential Muslims in Georgia”.
In April of 2015 he was inducted by Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel into College of Ministers and Laity.
Kemal is married, and has a beautiful daughter.
2018 Awardees - Atlantic Peace & Dialogue Awards
Peace and Dialogue Award:
Dr. Will Moreau Goins
Media and Communications Award:
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Public and Community Service Award:
His academic degrees were gained from Wofford College (B.A.), Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M.Div.) and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (D.Min.). As a chaplaincy director and clinical pastoral teacher with the public mental health system for most of his ministerial career, he retired from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health in 1999. Since that time, his efforts in various contexts of social care have strongly continued.
Examples of his activities in various eras have included participation on a Witness for Peace team in the Central American countries of Nicaragua and El Salvador. He was a five-year chairperson of a statewide annual public awareness event in South Carolina that was related to the critical needs of severely mentally ill persons and their families. He has participated in civil disobedience and protest of the Iraq War and also the lack of Medicaid Expansion in South Carolina.
Dr. Summers has spoken at state legislative committees and rallies that included such issues as environmental policy and gun violence. He also has been involved in supportive activities for both interracial healing and immigrant rights.
His recognitions have included Distinguished Service Awards from the SC Mental Health
Association and the Association of Mental Health Clergy. The Candler School of Theology.
presented him with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service. As well, he received the Howard G. McClain Christian Action in Public Policy Award from the SC Christian Action Council.
He and his wife Marilyn Boyd Summers have been married for fifty-six years, and they have continued to live in Columbia since 1965. They have two sons and four grandchildren.