A Special Tribute from your by Celeste Lawson Daughter While I realize that Father’s Day was celebrated on June 16th this year, and was followed by Juneteenth, which was statutorily observed on June 15th this year, I am taking this opportunity to express my appreciation for the tireless work my father, Gary L. Lawson, has done, and is doing, to improve community development and relations in Iowa. Although my father was born and raised in Pennsylvania, his community service in Iowa spans across four decades and is evidenced by such accomplishments as: 1) appointed by Governor Terry Brandstad, and confirmed by the Iowa Senate, to serve as the first Division Administrator for the Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans, within the Iowa Department of Human Rights https://humanrights. iowa.gov/cas/saa; 2) conceived and organized the Iowa African-American Hall of Fame https://www. studentaffairs.iastate. edu/iaahf/ (he was also inducted); 3) lead organizer, in collaboration with the Iowa Workforce Development agency, of Iowa’s first statewide School-To-Work conference, Iowa Works, that served as the precursor for the current Iowa workforce intermediaries that address

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