“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. Prize for Social Courage.
Beginning in 2011, the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage will replace the existing Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Progress and Service, which has been awarded since 2001 to prominent individuals for a lifetime of achievement and with strong connections to Atlanta or Georgia.
For Allen, who died in 2003, his belief in the moral imperative of publicly supporting the civil rights legislation ultimately outweighed worries about his political fortunes.