Latino Center of the Midlands - George I. Sánchez Memorial Award
The Latino Center of the Midlands was organized in 1971 to address concerns about the education of Chicano youth
Alex Red Corn - Wilma Mankiller Memorial Award
Dr. Alex Red Corn is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation who works as an activist, advocate, and university educator in Kansas.
Arlene Inouye - Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Award
An educator, labor leader, activist, and keeper of culture, Arlene Inouye has spent most of her life uplifting the plight and contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders to American society.
Cartier Scott - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award
A Suncoast Community High School math teacher in Riviera Beach, Florida, and a track coach at Keiser University, Mr. Scott is also an active member of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association and the Florida Education Association.
Dirk Andrews - Virginia Uribe Memorial Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights
A passionate NEA director and local union president, Dirk Andrews advocates for a better world for the LGBTQ+ community in Wyoming and across the country daily.
Jeanette Arellano - César Chávez Acción y Compromiso Human and Civil Rights Award
Jeanette Arellano—educator, artist, organizer, and activist—uses her artistic talent to organize groups across racial and ethnic backgrounds to support and empower workers and their families.
Derron C. Cook - Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award
Described as a griot in his community, Derron C. Cook is an art and media educator, local association president, and Black history enthusiast in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana who leads student and community talks in the search and knowledge of Black history.
Grace Mayer - Mary Hatwood Futrell Award
Educator and president of NEA-Santa Fe, New Mexico, Grace Mayer is a relentless fighter and effective organizer.
Hope Restores - Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award
The community-based non-profit Hope Restores works to improve the economic health and wellbeing of community members to improve lives with dignity.
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