Black Belt Community Foundation to Honor Leader in Fight Against Cancer, Dr. Ed. Partridge

Selma, AL, September 05, 2019 --( The Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) will honor Dr. Ed. Partridge, the former Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB as its Black Belt Legacy Award recipient for 2019 during its Black Belt Legacy Dinner and fundraiser on October 3, 2019 at 6pm at Birmingham’s Harbert Center (2019 Fourth Avenue North). In addition to being the former Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, Dr. Partridge is a former President of the National Board of the American Cancer Society and is a recipient of the American Cancer Society's prestigious national Humanitarian Award (2013). UAB President, Dr. Ray L. Watts is serving as this year’s event chairperson and Birmingham news anchor Sherri Jackson of WIAT CBS-42 will serve as emcee for the event.

Much of Dr. Partridge's work focuses on cancer prevention and treatment with an emphasis on eliminating health barriers and disparities among underserved communities. Partridge and his team helped launch outreach programs in the Black Belt that trained non-medical community members to promote screening and connect low-income patients to care. Under his leadership, the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB supported a network of hospitals and thousands of community health outreach workers to close the gap in mammogram screenings between African Americans and whites; doubled the rate of participation in clinical trials among African-American patients and partnered with historically black institutions including Tuskegee University and Morehouse School of Medicine to bolster cancer research.

Established in 2014, the Legacy Dinner honors leaders throughout the state of Alabama who have distinguished themselves in providing leadership and support for building a better and stronger Black Belt region. Since its inception, Black Belt Legacy Dinner honorees include: Judge John H. England, Jr.; George Duncan Hastie McMillan, former Alabama Lieutenant Governor; Henry “Hank” Sanders, former Alabama state Senator; Julian H. Smith, Jr., retired vice president of Alabama Power; Dr. Carol Prejean Zippert, Black Belt community organizer and author, and most recently, Johnny Johns, retired CEO of Protective Life insurance. Funds raised in honor of these distinguished leaders have helped to transform the region through the wide-ranging work of community-based nonprofits who are increasing graduation rates, improving reading levels and using the arts to teach math, just to name a few successes.

“BBCF is so proud to be able to honor one of Alabama’s and the nation’s leaders in the fight against cancer, particularly because his work has greatly impacted and transformed health-care for the poor, rural and predominantly African American communities of the Alabama Black Belt. Each year, we enjoy this event as it allows us to bring a bit of the Black Belt to Birmingham to share about our work as we honor special leaders who have connected to it and the region we serve, joining forces for the betterment of our communities,” says Felecia Lucky, President of BBCF.

"Creating trust, eliminating bias where you can and sharing power with those that are less fortunate are sort of the underlying themes,” Dr. Partridge says of his work.

The 2019 Black Belt Legacy Dinner will be open to the public and sponsorships. Organizational table reservations are encouraged from Alabama’s and Birmingham’s, medical and private sectors. Reservations for tables or individual tickets are available via or phone: (334) 874-1126 and email:

Over the past fifteen years, BBCF has worked tirelessly to help Alabama's most challenged region realize its potential. BBCF has awarded more than 5 million in grants to support more than 450 community-led initiatives across BBCF’s 12-county service area in the Black Belt. BBCF was established in 2004 to support local efforts that contribute to the strength, innovation, and success of all of the region’s people and communities.
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Daron Harris