Friday, November 11, 2011

YWCA Announces 2011 Racial Justice Award Recipients


Laura Harwin
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

YWCA Announces 2011 Racial Justice Award Recipients

Awards presented on Wednesday, November 16

(November 10, 2011):   The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the 2011 Racial Justice Award Recipients. The nine awardees will be recognized at the 20th Annual Racial Justice Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 16.

Award recipients include:

· Arts: Hip-Hop on L.O.C.K.

· Community Engagement: New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice

· Community Engagement: Cecile M. Springer, President, Springer Associates

· Education: Rex L. Crawley, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, School of Communication and Information Systems, Robert Morris University

· Faith: Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee

· Faith: Rev. B. DeNeice Welch, Pastor, Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church

· Government: Knight Sor, Conciliation Specialist, U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service

· Public Safety: Diane S. Richard, Public Information Officer/Spokesperson, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

· Youth Achievement: Frank DiNardo, Shaler Senior High School

“We are delighted to mark the 20th anniversary of the Racial Justice Awards this year by honoring such a dynamic and dedicated group of individuals and organizations,” said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. “They join the ranks of other local heroes before them who have made an impact on racial and social injustices in our community.”

The 20th Annual Racial Justice Awards Dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 16, at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. The general reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner and award program follow at 6:30 p.m. Velma Monteiro-Tribble is this year’s Honorary Chair, and WPXI-TV’s Vince Sims will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. To attend the 2011 Racial Justice Awards, call 412-255-1261 or go to

The annual Racial Justice Awards is a signature event of the YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equity. Through its Racial Justice Awards, the Center seeks to promote a society in which all people receive equal treatment and have equal access in the workplace, public services, justice system, classroom, and throughout the Greater Pittsburgh community. Over the past two decades, the YWCA has recognized over 100 community leaders that have made a substantial commitment to racial equality.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is a women’s membership movement committed to the elimination of racism and the economic empowerment of women and girls. For more information about the YWCA’s programs and services, visit or call 412-391-5100. To learn about the YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equity, call 412-255-1270.

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