LGBTQ Activist Khalil Edwards Receives Emerald Award

Khalil Edwards full face X150By George T. Nicola, GLAPN

Portland LGBTQ activist Khalil Edwards has received the 2014 Emerald Award “For Dedication

and Commitment to Public Service”. The award was given to him by the Zeta Sigma Omega Chapter of

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at the group’s November 9 brunch in Portland. The program stated:

We will honor Black Men for their achievements and significant contributions to their

communities with an event themed “Suit & Tie Brunch: Dedicated Men Suited for Service & Tied to their


The brunch was a fundraiser for the Zeta Sigma Omega Scholarship Fund – The Roberta C. Vann

Scholarship, which provides scholarships to African American women attending a 4-year college or


Khalil is PFLAG Portland Black Chapter Coordinator and Basic Rights Oregon Racial Justice and

Alliance Building Organizer.

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