Ivan Allen Jr.
The Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage is funded in perpetuity by a grant from the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation.
Welcome from G. P. "Bud" Peterson
President, Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage is awarded in honor of Ivan Allen Jr. who was a pivotal leader during America's struggle for racial integration during the 1960's. As mayor of Atlanta, he risked his place in society, his political future, and ultimately his life to testify before Congress in support of what became the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It is Georgia Tech's privilege to illuminate the legacy of this great man. We honor Mayor Allen as a model for principled and courageous civic leadership for the people of Atlanta and Georgia, the nation, and the world. Further, celebrating Mayor Allen’s legacy is a foundation for providing our students with the means by which they can make decisions based upon the kind of moral and ethical principles that led Mayor Allen to risk everything in order to defend what is right. We want our graduates to be easily identified not only as preeminent in their respective fields, but as leaders with values and compassion.
The Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage recognizes those around the world who, by standing up for moral principle, have positively affected public discourse at the risk of their own careers, their livelihoods, and even their lives.
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G. P. "Bud" Peterson
Georgia Institute of Technology
“It was people like John Lewis who kept me keeping on,” recounted Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a journalist and the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Georgia.
Congressman John Lewis – an icon of American civil rights – has been named a recipient of the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage.
Speeches by the Honorable Sam Nunn and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed were highlights of two days of events on March 14-15 celebrating the 2011 Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Founder’s Day and Georgia Tech’s inaugural presentation of the new Ivan Allen Jr.