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Little Rock, AR

2008 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Little Rock Reverend Hezekiah D. Stewart
Executive Director
Watershed Human and Community Development Agency
Reverend Hezekiah D. Stewart and the Special Agent in Charge

For the past 30 years, Reverend Hezekiah D. Stewart has dedicated himself to bringing public awareness and public resources to meet the needs of the struggling families in Little Rock, Pulaski County, and greater Arkansas. During this period, Reverend Stewart has served as the Executive Director of Watershed Human and Community Development Agency, Inc. He is also currently Pastor of Moody Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Many government officials, international executives, humanitarians, and politicians have applauded Reverend Stewart’s contributions toward the prevention of crime and violence. He has also been recognized for his dedication to the people of Arkansas by former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Reverend Stewart and the Mount Nebo AME Church founded Watershed in 1978 and celebrated its 30th anniversary in October 2008. He serves on the boards of the Arkansas Department of Corrections, the “Our Club” Pulaski County Youth Initiative, the Interfaith Hunger Task Force, and the Commissioned Arkansas Probation Department.

On December 29, 2007, 6-year-old Kamya Weathersby was shot to death as she lay in her bed watching cartoons. For Reverend Stewart, it was a cry for help not only from the victims, but it was time to reach out to the youth committing this senseless violence and offer them a safe haven to change. He has proclaimed the Watershed as a “neutral territory” where gang members who want to change are welcomed.

Now located in the former Gillam Park School Building, the Watershed Agency serves all people who come to its doors. The philosophy of the agency and its many programs exemplify an unyielding commitment to educate and inform the public about crime, drugs, gangs, and violence prevention. Reverend Stewart describes his agency as “the World’s First Social Hospital, which is a portrait of service to God and Humanity.”

FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Clarksburg
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- El Paso
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- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles

- Memphis
- Miami
- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field

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