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The Community Change Antiracism Leadership Awards Celebration is an event held annually in November. The event grows out of an expansion of the Drylongso Awards Celebration which CCI has hosted since 1989. The first CCI Leadership Awards Celebration was held November 10, 2009.

Leadership Awards honor the work of individuals within three categories, each appropriately recognized with its own award:

DRYLONGSO AWARD

"Ordinary people doing extraordinary work against racism"

Established in 1989, the Drylongso Awards honor ordinary people doing extraordinary anti-racism work in Greater Boston. The Drylongso Awards are inspired by the book Drylongso: A Self-Portrait of Black America. In that book, anthropologist John Langston Gwaltney details the daily struggles of drylongso, or ordinary African Americans fighting racism. [READ MORE]

2012 RECIPIENTS

  • Nadine Cohen: Legal Services and Civil Rights Attorney, Longtime Activist for Racial Justice
  • Haymarket People's Fund
  • Thomas Kieffer: Executive Director, South Jamaica Plain Health Center
  • Aaron Tanaka: Trainer, Co-op Developer, Founding Executive Director of the Boston Workers Alliance
  • Michelle Waters-Ekanem: Director of Civil Rights & Diversity, MA Dept. of Environmental Protection

2011 RECIPIENTS

  • Arnie King, Through Barbed Wire
  • The Most Rev. Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Ordinary Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Francis of Assisi, CCA- Liberation Theologian
  • Sandy Thompson, Winchester Multicultural Network
  • Magalis Troncosso Lama, Founder of the Dominican Development Center & Director of Organizing for Boston Tenant Coalition 
  • John Willshire Carrera, Lead Attorney, Immigration Unit of Boston Legal Services and Co-Managing Attorney and Clinical Instructor for the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

2010 RECIPIENTS

  • Berta Rosa Berriz, Co-Lead Teacher/Lower School, Boston Teachers Union School
  • Laurie Holmes, Organizer for Economic and Social Justice and Community Solutions to end Violence Against Women
  • Maya Honda, Associate Professor of Human Development, Wheelock College
  • Lynette Jones-Carradine, Educator
  • Ron Marlow-Assistant Secretary of Access and Opportunity, Commonwealth of Massachusetts  

2009 RECIPIENTS

1989 TO 2010 RECIPIENTS

 

HORACE SELDON EMERGING LEADER AWARD

"Young activists living the commitment"

Begun in 2008, this award recognizes the work of young activists who are living the commitment and demonstrating the energy and passion of CCI founder Horace Seldon. Ancient Egyptians revered the Scarab Beetles for their habit of rolling dung into balls and creating new life as they laid their eggs inside the dung balls. [READ MORE]

2012 RECIPIENT

  • Kendra Lara: Street Worker, StreetSafe Initiative, Co-Founder of Beantown Society
  • Erika Rodriguez: Organizer/Youth Worker at The City School & Beantown Society

2011 RECIPIENT

2010 RECIPIENTS

2009 RECIPIENTS

  • Nashira Baril, Director, REACH Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities; Center for Health Equity and Social Justice;  Boston Public Health Commission
  • Amaad Rivera, Racial Wealth Divide Initiative Leader, United for a Fair Economy

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

"For a lifetime of faithful presence and practice"

In 2009, CCI presented the first CCI Lifetime Achievement Awards. These awards celebrate those who have been and continue to be at the forefront of this work and whose efforts have made significant impact on issues surrounding structural racism. [READ MORE]
 

2012 RECIPIENTS

  • Bob Moses: The Founder & Director of The Algebra Project
  • Jean McGuire: The Founder & Director of METCO Inc.
  • Nancy Richardson: Retired UCC Minister & Theological Educator, Activist

2011 RECIPIENTS

2010 RECIPIENTS

2009 RECIPIENTS

 

 

 

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