On May 18 Everest College Phoenix celebrated the graduation of 141 students from its Phoenix campus. During the graduation ceremony, Calvin Coolidge Goode was recognized for his extraordinary leadership in Arizona and beyond as well as his dedication to the promotion of education and advancement of civil rights. He was presented with an Everest College Phoenix honorary degree, doctor of humane letters.

Goode is an iconic civil rights leader and served as a member of the Phoenix City Council for 11 terms, a total of 22 years, from 1972 to 1994. Education has always been important to Goode. After graduating from Carver High School, the only exclusively African American high school in Arizona, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in education from Arizona State University.

Goode was elected as an at large representative to the Phoenix City Council in 1972, making him the second African American to ever serve on the City Council. He devoted his life to breaking down the barriers that were a formative part of his youth, from segregation to discrimination. As a Phoenix councilman, Goode helped broker a compromise that led to a Phoenix ordinance that prohibited workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians and minorities. He was also instrumental in getting the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observed in Phoenix, paving the way for the holiday to be observed statewide. Goode also championed a range of programs, from Head Start to downtown renewal projects. To commemorate his years of service to the city, a Phoenix municipal building was named in Goode’s honor.

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