F. Kennon Moody and his wife, Mary L. Moody, at a gala event on Wednesday, October 24th, were honored as the recipients of the First Rabbi Erwin Zimet Humanitarian Award. The Awards ceremony took place in Poughkeepsie, New York, at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Several hundred people attended the ceremony. The Rabbi Erwin Zimet Humanitarian Award was established to recognize exceptional individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributions in philanthropic and human services.
Ken is an ordained Methodist minister and holds a Ph.D. in History. He served in multiple roles for the Comprehensive Re-Integration Project of the South Forty Corporation of Poughkeepsie, a program which worked in the prisons to prevent convict recidivism. He has worked in several areas of education, including at Dutchess Community College, the Board of the Arlington School District, and as a Board member of the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Mary, have played leading roles in raising money and awareness for the CROP Hunger Walk since 1977.
Ken is one of the founding members of the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project, and over the years has played a leading role in the MHAHP’s program. He oversaw the research and writing for Slavery, Antislavery and the Underground Railroad: A Dutchess County Guide, published by the MHAHP in 2010.