On January 21, 2022, Eddie McAllister became the first recipient of Simpson University’s MLK Humanitarian Award. Mr. McAllister’s Christian faith commitment, as well as his long-lasting commitment towards promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout Shasta County strongly reflects the attributes noted in the MLK Humanitarian Award. Mr. McAllister faithfully attends and serves as an elder for the Second Baptist Church located in Redding. He is also actively involved with the Veteran’s Affairs Department serving Redding area veterans. Additionally, in 2019, Mr. McAllister was honored by Redding officials, as he was the recipient of the Redding Citizen of the Year Award. Mr. McAllister continues to reflect peace, healing and reconciliation for individuals, groups, and communities as seen in his ongoing volunteer work with the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Salvation Army, Youth Violence Prevention Council, Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect community organizations, Shasta County Chemical People Inc. which is a non-profit community-based group which promotes and supports the development of a safe, strong community free from racism, violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.