Do you know an African American community leader who has made a significant contribution to the community?
The Denver Public Library is currently accepting nominations for the 2022 Juanita Gray Community Service Awards. These awards honor African American men, women, and youth who make outstanding contributions to the Denver metro area and who exemplify the ideals and spirit represented by Juanita Gray’s commitment to the Denver community. We are equally interested in youth, ages 14-18, who are setting an example for many in our community; the winner will receive a scholarship. Juanita Gray is a former Denver Public Library staff member and community advocate.
Also, it’s time for the biennial Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame induction. This honor is bestowed upon a Coloradan who has been the first African American to accomplish a professional goal or to have been a pioneer in their field while actively supporting the African American community. The award was established in 1973 with the induction of 41 inductees as part of a cooperative venture for Black Awareness Month between the Denver Public Library and Denver Public Schools.
The deadline to submit a nomination(s) is 5 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2021.
Both award nominations are reviewed by a committee consisting of library staff, community representatives, and the current Juanita Gray Youth Award winner. We ask that you please be thorough with your nomination to demonstrate the nominee’s achievements and contributions.
Juanita Gray Community Service Award
- 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.
- Nominee must be living.
Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame Induction
- Be an African American and Colorado resident.
- Be a pioneer in their field or have made a major impact in the city, state, country or the world at-large.
Save the Date
The Denver Public Library will honor African American community leaders at the annual Juanita Gray Community Service Awards and biennial Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 1:30 p.m and will be open to the public. More event information will be available later this year.
For more information about the awards, questions about the criteria, or assistance with the nomination form, please call (720) 865-2414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit a nomination(s) is 5 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2021.