Awards

Local Legend Award Seeking nominations for a Georgia leader whose work demonstrates a commitment to building a more just and inclusive multi-racial democracy and/or whose work inspires others to sustain the social justice movement.

Emergent Award – Seeking nominations for an emerging Georgia leader, under 35 years of age, whose work demonstrates a commitment to building a more just and inclusive democracy and/or whose work inspires others to sustain and grow the social justice movement.

Trailblazer Award – Seeking nominations for a social justice leader whose impactful work at the national level demonstrates a commitment to building a more just and inclusive democracy and/or whose work inspires others to sustain the social justice movement.

Criteria

These awards were established to give public recognition to a person or organization who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the social justice movement and/or reflects a robust commitment to building an inclusive and effective democracy that works for everyone.

Nominations will be vetted by a committee including representatives from Georgia Alliance, America Votes GA, Pro Georgia, RepGA and Progress Georgia among others. Honorees will receive their awards during the Dinner.

Previous Honorees

2023 Culture of Democracy Award

Common
Academy Award, Emmy and Grammy-winning artist, actor, author and activist

2023 Democracy Legend Award

Ben and Jerry’s
Ice Cream, Yogurt, and Sorbet manufacturer with deep respect for individuals inside and outside the Company that supports the communities of which they are a part

2023 Democracy Trailblazer Award

Melanie Campbell
President and CEO of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation and convenor of Black Women’s Roundtable

2023 Local Legend Award

Bobby Fuse
Convener of South Georgia Voters League

2023 Emergent Leader Award

Hillary Holly
Executive Director of Care in Action

2023 Youth Leader Award

Leslie Palomino
Georgia State Sr. Program Coordinator

2023 Democracy Innovators Award

Krista Brewer, Bertis Downs, Billy Hall, Scott Satterwhite
Founders of Georgia Alliance for Progress