Do you know an African American community leader who has made a significant contribution to the community? We're seeking adult and youth nominations for the 2021 Juanita Gray Community Service Award, presented to African Americans who have made a significant contribution to the community.
Who was Juanita Gray?
Juanita Gray worked at the Ford-Warren Branch in the late 1960s and 1970s. Her community outreach efforts were highly regarded until her untimely death in 1987. For the last 32 years, DPL has honored Mrs. Gray’s legacy each year by nominating current leaders in the community who embody the same trailblazing spirit. Past award recipients can be found here.
The Juanita Gray Award honors African American men, women and youth who make outstanding contributions to the Denver Metro area and who exemplify the ideals and spirit represented by Gray’s commitment to the community.
Award recipient(s) must be:
- An African American, a Colorado resident and a positive role model.
- A user and/or supporter of the Denver Public Library.
- A person who has taken an active role in the community.
- A person who has made a contribution above and beyond paid employment.
- A person who has made an impact in the community, state and/or USA.
Nominations are reviewed by a committee consisting of library staff and community representatives. We ask that you please be thorough with your nomination to demonstrate the nominee’s achievements and contributions.
Please note, a virtual event will take place in February to acknowledge the award winners. The virtual event will be open to the public. More information will be available in early 2021.