SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Honoring the Martin Luther King Award Honoree Jocelyn Jose "Josie" Howard is postponed to a later date. Please check back in here for the future date.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Peacemaker Award has been presented annually since 1988 by Church of the Crossroads. The purpose is to recognize people or organizations whose work demonstrates longtime work in elevating the principles of civil rights, social justice, and peacemaking exemplified by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Past Honorees will be recognized in this special Sunday Service.
We are pleased to recognize Josie Howard for her dedication, peace and justice work. We invite the public to attend our Peacemaker Award Celebration at a later date (hopefully in person).
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Details and bio:
With her childhood rooted in Onoun (a small island in Chuuk state), Jocelyn Jose “Josie” Howard possesses a deep cultural understanding of the people of Micronesia and has been instrumental in paving a path for the thriving Micronesian community in Hawai‘i. Josie is widely acknowledged for her tireless work to facilitate the successful transition of people from the islands of Micronesia into the islands of Hawai‘i. She has acted on multiple levels: through mentoring parents for their children’s success in public education; through support for higher education and employment; through advocacy for migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia to receive the medical benefits which had been promised by the U.S. government through the Compact of Free Association (COFA).
Educated in her native Chuukese and Pohnpeian language, customs, and culture, Josie migrated to Hawai‘i
in 1989. She initially worked in various agencies including The ARC Hawai'i, Goodwill Industries, and 'Ōlelo. Later, while working at Ka‘iulani Elementary and McKinley High School, Josie witnessed the disrespectful and emotionally abusive treatment of young people from Micronesia in Hawai‘i public schools, which fueled her drive to act on these injustices. In 2004, she graduated from the University of Hawai‘i
with a master’s degree in Social Work and Certificate in Pacific Island Studies.
In 2008, Josie founded We Are Oceania (WAO), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, based in a humble building next to
St. Theresa’s Episcopal Church in Liliha. In the wake of the police shooting of a 16-year-old Chuukese youth in 2021, WAO opened an outreach and training arm, the Youth Empowerment Center. Josie describes the center as “a sanctuary… where youth can learn about their culture; career opportunities and readiness; their role in the community.” Staffed by capable young leaders from the diverse heritages of the Pacific Island community, WAO is currently seeking funding to continue this work and to partner with nearby public schools. Through WAO, Josie continues to empower the Micronesian community in Hawai‘i to navigate success while honoring the integrity of their diverse heritage.
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