Desmond Spalding was honored earlier this year by the Women of Color as their 2009 Citizen of the Year. The award was a surprise to Spalding.
"I was wondering why my wife kept asking me if I was going to dress up," he said.
The award was presented to Spalding during the organization's annual Black History Celebration in February.
Spalding, Jerry Evans and Jackie Furmon were named to the board of directors of the Marion County Youth Center, which was incorporated as a non-profit organization last summer by Mary Cowherd and Camille English.