Decatur woman named ‘Citizen of the Year’ for community impact

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The City of Decatur has named its annual recipient of the Citizen of the Year award.

The Citizen of the Year award is presented in recognition of someone from Decatur who goes “above and beyond to improve our community.” This year, the award went to Melverta Wilkins.

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Wilkins started Sista Girls and Friends in 2013, a mentorship program for young women, and she now leads the Metro Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce.

“The things that we offer is real love, real understanding, and the real way that we can help you get to the things that you want to do,” Wilkins said.

She and the chamber took over planning duties for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities, which the city commended her for.

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Wilkins was presented the Citizen of the Year award on Thursday by Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe.

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