Roy Wilkins was a prominent Civil Rights activist serving in various roles in the NAACP including editor of the association’s official magazine Crisis, and the executive director who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1967. The Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social justice was established in his honor at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 1992.
- Nominee has distinguished himself or herself by making a significant contribution to his/her community in the area of civil/human rights, race relations, equal opportunity, affirmative action, human resources, and/or public service.
- Nominee has enthusiastically supported the civil rights movement.
- Nominee has supported the mission and objections of the NAACP throughout his/her work and or volunteer capacity.
- Nominee has fostered innovative and creative involvement within a community (civilian or military) that resulted in positive action on behalf of the residents.
- Nominee has fostered a better understanding between the races/ethnic groups
- Nominee is committed, involved and dedicated to the civil rights movement in all sectors of life.
- Nominee, by his or her actions, has made personal sacrifices resulting in significant contributions to civil/human rights.
- Nominee has displayed the outstanding qualities of a leader.
- Nominee has believed in and practiced the tenets of a democratic society, including the U.S. Constitution—the belief that all people are created equal, and that freedom is a right that must be protected at all times.
Dr. Lester receiving the East Valley NAACP Roy Wilkins award for community service.
Event Poster 2014:
Project Director Dr. Neal A. Lester with community partner and
Dr. Neal A. Lester with Adelina Zottola
East Valley NAACP 16th Annual Freedon Fund Gala event, 2012 - Dr. Neal A. Lester as the Keynote Speaker
Event Photos 2012: