Metropolitan Housing Authority chairman Manfred Reid Sr. has been given the Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership, a national recognition for outstanding contributions by community leaders.
The annual awarded was presented on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, by NeighborWorks America, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to community development and affordable housing.
The Dorothy Richardson Award is given each year to people who have “invested their energies and talents to bring about specific change that positively impacts their neighborhoods and community,” according to NeighborWorks America.
“Louisville thrives based on the selfless contributions of many compassionate citizens — citizens like Manfred Reid,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Manfred is a Louisville icon and I’m quite pleased that his lifelong dedication to nurturing resident leadership is being recognized on a national stage.”
Reid, a real estate agent who lives in Beecher Terrace, has been active in housing, neighborhood development and other causes for decades. He was a leader of the Civil Rights movement in Louisville in the 1960s, working on issues including housing. In recent years, Reid has played a key role in broadening neighborhood involvement with the Vision Russell efforts, which aim to bring federally supported, transformative renewal to Russell.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Mr. Reid,” said Tim Barry, executive director of the Louisville Metropolitan Housing Authority. “One of the kindest and most dedicated people I’ve ever met in all my years of public service.”