Past Award Recipients

The Drum Major for Justice Award

A special acknowledgement of the extraordinary contributions that an organization or individual, including a public servant or one who has held an elective office or appointment to public service, has made to the cause of equity, access and diversity

Dr. Shirley A Jackson (2017)
Rep. G. K. Butterfield (2016) 
Dr. Norman C. Francis (2015)
Rev. James Morris Lawson (2014)
Albert Kauffman (2013)
Vice President Joseph R. Biden (2012)
Flonzie Brown Wright (2011)
James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D. (2010)
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrants’ Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary (BAMN) (2009)
Shirley J. Wilcher (2009)
Honorable Augustus F. Hawkins (Posthumously) (2008)
Honorable Parren J. Mitchell (Posthumously) (2008)


Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award

The award recognizes a lifetime of achievement promoting and advocating for affirmative action, EEO and diversity

Dr. Rufus Glasper (2017)
Rep. James E. Cleburne (2016)
Dr. Walter J. Leonard (posthumously) (2016)
James S. Hoyte, Esq. (2015)
Dr. Louis Dale (2014)
Joe R. Feagin, Ph.D. (2013)
John A. Payton (posthumously) (2012)
William H. Brown, III Esq. (2011)
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. (2009)
Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (2008)
Cynthia Nance, Dean, University of Arkansas School of Law(2007)
Frank Wu, Dean, Wayne State University School of Law(2007)
Julianne Malveaux, Last Word Productions (2006)


Cesar Estrada Chavez Award

The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership in support of workers' rights and humanitarian issues.

Dr. Harvey Kesselman (2017) 
Dr. Havidán Rodríguez (2016)
Dr. Marie T. Mora (2015)
John Gonzalez (2014)
John Quiñones (2013)
Hon. Charles A. Gonzalez (D-TX) (2012)
José D. Alcántara, Esq. (2011)
Cheryl Queen and Rick Stone, Compass Group North America (2010)
Dr. Juan Andrade (2009)
Raphael Olmeda (2008)
Henry Cisneros(2007)
Gil Casellas (2006)
Jesse I. Vialpando
Anna R. Cablik
Luis V. Gutierrez

Rosa Parks Award

The award recognizes an individual who serves as a role model and leader for others through their personal achievements, excellence in a chosen field; commitment to human, civil rights and social issues and contributions to the betterment of society.

Dr. Bryan Brayboy (2017)
Kenja Hassan (2017)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (2016)
Ruby Bridges Hall (2015)
Betty Harmon Newcomb (2013)
Tim Wise (2012)
Wanda Sloan (2011)
Major General Joseph A. McNeil (2010)
Franklin E. McCain, Sr. (2010)
Jibreel Khazan (2010)
Thomas "TNT" Todd, Esq. (2009)
Littleton P. Mitchell (2008)
Darlene Grant (2007)
Shirley J. Wilcher (2006)
Hon. Tyrone Brooks (2005)
Shanta Driver (2004)

The Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award

Presented to an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding community service.

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (2017)
Alan “AP” Powell (2017)
Wright State University (2016)
Georgia State University (2015)
The Honorable Kathleen Martinez (2014)
The Honorable Julian Castro (2013)
Washington Area Women's Foundation (2012)
Nadine Vogel (2011)
JAN (Job Accommodation Network) (2010)
Military Missions in Action (2010)
Nannette Johnson-Elie, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (2009)
The Honorable Stuart J. Ishimaru (2008)
Lilly Ledbetter (2008)
Theodore "Ted" Shaw (2008)
PeopleClick, Metairie, La. Office (2007)
Reverend Samuel "Billy" Kyles
Michael Langford

The Roosevelt Thomas Champion of Diversity Award

Given to an organization or corporation for outstanding achievements in promoting diversity in the workforce.

The Arizona Diamondbacks (2017)
Oklahoma State University (2017)
Northrup Grumman (2016)
Cox Communications, Southeast (2015)
Texas Tech University (2014)
Rockwell Collins (2013)
Pepco Holdings, Inc. (2012)
Inclusion & Diversity Council, City of Virginia Beach, VA (2012)
Luke Visconti, DiversityInc (2011)
RiseSmart, San Jose, CA (2010)
IBM (2009)

The President’s Award

Presented to a member(s) who has made an outstanding service contribution to the Association

Rosemary Cox, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (2017)

Wanda Malden (2017)

Marilynn Schuyler, Esq. (2017)

Jo Bennett, Esq. (2016)

Linda Chase (2016)

Rosemary Cox, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (2016)

Helen Gurley (2016)

Tracey Hamilton (2016)

Queen Foreman McMiller (2016)

Marjorie Powell (2016)

Chuck Schadl (2016)

Dean Sparlin (2016)

Everett Winters (2016)  

Richard Baker, M.A., J.D., Ph.D. (2015)
Gregory Chambers (2015)
Inderdeep Chatrath, Ph.D. (2015)
Robert “Bob” Gregg, Esq. (2015)
William B. Harvey, Ph.D. (2015)
Marilynn Schuyler, Esq. (2015)

Gazella Ann Granger Summit (2014)
Everett Winters (2014)
Paul Bayless (2014)
Beth Wilson (2014)
Ismael Rivera (2014)
ReNee Dunman (2014)
Pat Parrish (2014)
Huda Melky (2014)

Marilynn Schuyler, Esq. (2013)
Dean Sparlin, Esq. (2013)
Matthew Camardella, Esq. (2013)
David Goldstein, Esq.  (2013)
Shirley J. Wilcher, J.D., CAAP (2013)
Tammy Currie (2013)

Kimberly Reeves (2012)
John Gonzalez (2012)
ReNee' Dunman (2012)
Marshall Rose (2012)
Jo Bennett (2012)
Inderdeep Chatrath (2012)

Joni Baker (2011)
Karen Boyd (2011)
Joyce Pratt (2011)
Dean Sparlin (2011)

John Gonzalez (2010)

Deborah Burris (2009)
Alvin Bingham (2009)
Jacqueline Johnson (2009)

Matthew J. Camardella, Esq. (2008)

Ernie Santos De-Jesus (2008)

Melvin Williams (2007)

Michael G. Cooper (2006)

Phyllis J. Powell (2005)

Everett Winters (2004)

Lillian L. Charleston

Rosa Colquitt, Ph.D.