Request for Nominations - 2023 Juanita Gray Community Service Awards



Greetings I am writing a Labor History Journal article that includes a mention of Juanita Gray. A now-deceased friend of mine, Howard Wallace, when a Denver resident at the age of 19 in 1955, apparently managed her campaign to be the first African-American elevated to the Denver school board. Howard Wallace as an adult became a national labor leader and a recipient himself of the San Francisco NAACP annual civil rights award (He also was on the Board of the NAACP in 1954 when he was in high school in Denver. Might there be any records or knowledge in Denver about Ms. Gray's 1955 campaign to which you could refer me? I flew to Denver in August to do research in the Blair Caldwell archives and did list to a tape recording she made in the 80s but she didn't mention her campaign.

Hoping to hear from you.

Gerry Scoppettuolo
President, Massachusetts Pride at Work AFL-CIO
Treasurer, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Boston

The Juanita Gray Awards/committee works to honor community members and doesn't have access to the institutional/historical record you're looking for. I would suggest sending your request directly to the Blair-Caldwell library staff using this form. They can review archival resources and hopefully locate the information you need. Thanks!...-Juanita Gray Community Service Awards Committee

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