Watts-born-and-raised activist Michael Cummings was one of three community leaders recently honored by the California Wellness Foundations as a 2012 California Peace Prize winner.

Cummings, a violence intervention specialist founded the organization, We Care Outreach Ministries in 1999, with his wife Sauna. It is a nonprofit group working to improve the quality of life for residents, restore hope and strengthen families. In addition, he leads two community programs: Safe Passages and Project Fatherhood, and operates his own to truck business.

The three winners–Cummings, Kevin Grant of Oakland and the late Dr. Su Yon Park also of Oakland–were recognized for their drive, commitment and visions to take on the challenges of preventing violence and promoting peace in their respective communities. Each honoree received a $25,000 grant to continue their work.