Whitney Young Service Awards

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The Whitney Young Jr. Service Award is named on behalf of Whitney Young, Jr. a prominent social reformer and civil rights leaders.

Born in 1922 in Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky, he earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. In 1954, he became Dean of the Atlanta School of Social Work.  He is the author of To Be Equal and Beyond Racism. 

Mr. Young was honored as the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, He worked quietly to improve African-Americans’ condition in the community at the workplace. While a visiting scholar at Harvard University, he was named Executive Director of the Urban League, a position that he held until his untimely passing in 1971.

The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is designed to recognize “unsung heroes”- people or organizations who extend exceptional service to others as Whitney Young exemplified through his life.

The mission of this award is to celebrate community resources in support of youth and community collaborations.

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz served as the Chairman for the Service Awards Luncheon.  The Luncheon was held April 16, 2015 at the Mayo Hotel Tulsa.

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Award Recipients:

The Warren Foundation

St. John Health System Foundation – Richard Boone

Larry Mocha

President Howard Barnett OSU Tulsa

Williams Construction

Dr. Keith Ballard

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