THE ROSA PARKS AND GRACE LEE BOGGS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE
The Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs Outstanding Service Award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of their leadership to educate about and promote action that addresses environmental justice concerns at the local, regional, or global levels. The award recognizes a person that demonstrates the values and inner strength of Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs. These individuals were unwilling to stand by as they and others suffered injustices because of their skin color or heritage. Rosa Parks worked tirelessly to address social injustices while Grace Lee Boggs continues working to remedy environmental injustices at 90+ years of age.
Scott Frazier, winner of the 2012 Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs Award for Outstanding Service.
Rosa Parks spent her life as a civil rights leader advocating so that others could learn to “reach their highest potential” regardless of their ethnicity or heritage. Mrs. Parks was known for her "Quiet Strength," which the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development uses to engage and empower youth in hands-on experiences to build practical day-to-day living skills.
The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development promotes a multicultural curriculum and participation in activities that provide cross-cultural perspectives. Their chapters and learning centers are represented in the U.S., Bahamas, and Canada. One of their goals is to instill “a global and inclusive perspective”. To read further about Mrs. Parks and the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development visit: www.rosaparks.org
Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee Boggs, the daughter of Chinese immigrants and a doctoral Ivy League graduate in philosophy, believes in “the power of ideas to change ourselves and our reality.” At 90+ years of age, Dr. Boggs still organizes actively at the grassroots level to revitalize communities.
Dr. Boggs’ fame reaches farther than her hometown of Detroit where her friends created the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership. She has appeared on the Bill Moyers Journal on PBS and still her accolades continue. Her environmental justice efforts include encouraging urban gardening as a way to sustain ourselves, build community, and reduce global warming. To read further about Dr. Boggs visit: www.boggscenter.org
Winners of the Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs Outstanding Service Award
Scott Frazier, Executive Director, CEO Project Indigenous
Carlos Velazquez, North Carolina
Lottie V. Spady, East Michigan Environmental Action Council
Abby Ybarra, EE Consultant