4 honored for work in human relations

The Louisiana Council on Human Relations and the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations presented awards to four individuals who have worked to improve human relations in Louisiana at their joint meeting on June 7.

The Louisiana Council honored Patrice Melnick and Gloria Trahan Linton with the Oliver-Sigur Humanitarian Award, and the Baton Rouge Council honored Tony Pryer and Professor Patt Foster Roberson in a program at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, according to a news release from the council.

Melnick is a writer, art administrator, educator and business owner, who taught creative writing for 13 years at Xavier University in New Orleans.

Following Hurricane Katrina, she moved to Grand Coteau, and, in 2010, established a nonprofit organization, The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective, which promotes the literary arts in the surrounding rural communities, the release says.

Linton, of Lafayette, works as an educator and a community activist helping to restore Holy Rosary Institute, a school originally opened to educate African-American girls. She has been honored for her work in helping youngsters stay drug free and for her volunteer work with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

The Baton Rouge awards are given in honor of the late Rev. Elmer Sylvester Powell and the late Rabbi Melvin Reznikoff.

Pryer, of Baker, is coordinator of Volunteers in Public Schools Everybody Reads Program, where he works with school representatives, board members and community groups and volunteers in planning events.

He conducts training session for individuals, classes and community groups, the release says.

Roberson, also a Baker resident, is a retired professor of Southern University’s mass communication department. She is a freelance reporter and photographer and hospice volunteer. She was named Baker Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2008, according to the provided information.