a colorized image of the Ivan Allen Jr. prize sculpture

Event Details

Wednesday, April 20

Biltmore Ballrooms
Imperial Ballroom
817 W. Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30308

Parking Information

Self-parking is available next door at the at the AT&T. View map and directions. The cost is $20 per car and the parking deck only accepts credit cards. If you are on campus, we encourage you to use campus transportation.  The Gold Route stops across the street from the Biltmore Ballroom. View campus bus routes and times.

What to Expect

The entire campus community is invited to take part in the symposium and the luncheon. We encourage guests to dress in business causal for the event. We begin with a panel discussion before we transition to a conversation with the trailblazers. Guests will then move across the hall for the luncheon and awards presentation. 

Thank you

Thank you for attending the 2022 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage.

View Conversation with the Trailblazers Video 

View Award Presentation Video



Honoring the Courage of Georgia Tech's Trailblazers

10 a.m. - Noon

Imperial Ballroom


portrait of Brian Blake

M. Brian Blake
President, Georgia State University

portrait of Hardie Davis

Hardie Davis Jr.
Mayor, Augusta, Georgia



portrait of Shelbe Johnson

Shelbe Johnson
Fourth-year student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering



portrait of Willie Pearson

Willie Pearson
Professor, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology

portrait of David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson
State Representative, District 38


portrait of Charlayne Hunter Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault
2020 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage Recipient


A Conversation with the Trailblazers
11:30 - Noon

portraits of the trailblazers
With Ralph A. Long Jr., Lawrence Williams, and Ronald L. Yancey

Lunch and Award Presentation

Noon - 1:30 p.m. 
Georgian Ballroom



RSVP by Wednesday, April 13.

For more information or to ask questions prior to the event, email events@comm.gatech.edu.