Written by A. Mohammed A. Foboi
Global IMPACT 21 Ambassador and founder of the MacDella Cooper Foundation (MCF), Ms. MacDella Cooper had received this year?s Young, Gifted, and Black Entrepreneurial Award as Philanthropist of the Year 2014.
The Liberian women and child rights advocate received the award on February 25, 2015 at The Copacabana in Times Square, New York, United States of America.
The Young, Gifted, and Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards honors African-American and Caribbean professionals who are working behind the scene and behind public attention as ?UNSUNG heroes? within their communities to give life to others despite the challenges they faced in the past. These are individuals who make strides toward the continued pursuit of success with a significant impact in providing better livelihood for others especially the marginalized and underprivileged.
The Award is in honor of Black History Month, celebrating the lives and dreams of astute individuals such as Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Nina Simone; and anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela and individuals that fought and lived for social justice and racial freedom.
It is designed for a peer to peer acknowledgement of today?s unrecognized heroes, their talents, ambition and the achievements they have made for the success not just for themselves but of others.
The awards recognized professionals in Strategic Vision, Women in Business, Civic Leadership and Community Service, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Business Development, Art, and Education.
Ms. Cooper becomes the first Liberian and first Non-US citizen to receive the Award.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ms. Cooper noted that the award gives her extra responsibilities to do more for humanity.
?Thanks, YGB for recognizing the little efforts I am doing in the corners to disallow children from experiencing the childhood I experienced. Never in my mind did I know that people are watching from behind me and will give me this extra responsibility today; as I see this recognition as a call to action for me to do more.? Ms. Cooper noted.
?I present this award to the women of Liberia and across the African continent; many of whom are doing remarkable things to climb the ladder of equality, and opportunities. The Philanthropist of the Year Award is not for me, but for the Liberian Child. That child for whom I am having sleepless night and getting out of the comfort zone to make sure that they don?t witness situations that will generally give them sleepless night. It?s a dream for which I am having restless night and for sure it?s a conviction I believe will give the Liberian child a life to be proud of and a brighter future,? she concluded.
Ms. Cooper is the Founder and Executive Director of the MacDella Cooper Foundation (MCF), an International non-for-profit Charity Organization working to give hope and life to orphans and the less fortunate through the provision of educational opportunities and basic necessities in the land of her father?s birth, Liberia. The foundation runs the MCF Academy; Liberia?s first tuition-free boarding school that provides quality education, safe and better livelihood for hundreds of children.
In support of women and youth empowerment, MacDella had established the Teens & Youth Volunteer Club, and the Victoria?s Vocational Training and Wonder Ministry.
The Teens & Youth Volunteer Club offers services to institutions free of charge and its members get support through scholarship and personal development from Ms. Cooper.
She recently established collaboration with Students Against Destructive Actions and Decisions (SADAD) to support some of its programs in career planning and development, academic excellence and peacebuilding.
Due to her philanthropic work across the African continent and her beauty, she is affectionately known as ?African Angel? and the ?Face of Liberia.?