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Texas paralegal and Social Security specialist Steve Crane is being honored on January 23, 2009, with an annual Unity Award for his leadership in community racial equality by the Longview Race Relations Committee.
Crane, a former union activist who still expresses support for labor groups, said his past union work and his paralegal job specializing in Social Security and disability cases has overlapped with race relations. He said he was taught it was important to love people and not judge them by appearances. He said his mother exposed him to a variety of cultures and a broad community. Race relations have improved dramatically in Longview in Crane’s lifetime, he said. He credited the city’s efforts to be inclusive as a major stimulus of that change.
Committee member Cissy Ward praised Crane’s work for equality, saying he often worked from behind the scenes. According to a press release from the committee, Crane used his union clout to lobby lawmakers to secure the voting rights of minorities, and he frequently supported pro-labor candidates for political offices.
“He always served with his mind and also with his heart,” Ward said.