Longtime community leader Alvin Brooks is the 2016 recipient of the Truman Public Service Award.
The Truman Special Recognition Award is going to the Community Services League, which Bess Truman and others in her Independence Bible-study class founded 100 years ago. Both awards, given annually by the city of Independence, are to be presented May 6 at the Truman Library.
Brooks, a former Kansas City police officer and former member of the Kansas City Council, is best known for founding the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime nearly 40 years ago, focused on stopping crime and violence in Kansas City.
The city has presented the Truman Award since 1974. That first year's winner was Henry Kissinger, secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations. Kissinger also is this year's Truman Legacy of Leadership Award, presented next week at the Wild About Harry fundraiser for the Truman Library Institute.
Several area awards bear the 33rd president's name:
• The Public Service Award last year went to former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth of Missouri and over the years has gone to long line of senators, congressmen and others, including Presidents Carter, Ford and Clinton.
• The Good Neighbor Award, presented by the Harry S.Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation, goes on May 9 to U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona. That group grew out an annual Kansas City luncheon to honor Truman in the years after he left office. The award has gone to Presidents Ford and Clinton, other politicians, historians, authors, journalists as others. Last year's winner was Ambassador and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
• The Truman Book Award is scheduled to be presented this fall.