Since 1964, the Humanitarian Award Celebration has honored one or more individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to building inclusive communities.
2022 Humanitarian Awardees
Benito Lubazibwa is the Chief Executive Officer of ReMix Ideas and Founder and Executive Director of Advancing Black Entrepreneurship (ABE). The mission of ReMix Ideas and ABE is to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that is rooted in equity and empowers Black entrepreneurs to start, grow, and scale their businesses.
Dr. Michelle Smith
As Director of the Office of Health Equity at the Arkansas Department of Health from 2010-2022, and now as the new Director of Dillard University’s Minority Health and Health Equity Research Center Dr. Michelle R Smith has been a trailblazer in innovative approaches to reduce health disparities. She created Sisters and Brothers United, a community-based program with Black fraternities and sororities, to address the state’s high infant mortality rate among African Americans.
Ruth D. Shepherd
Ruth D. Shepherd was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University. However, once she moved to Little Rock in 1970, it’s safe to say she found her home. Indeed, ever since she took her first teaching position at Hall High School, she has built quite an impressive resume and has garnered much respect and admiration among her peers throughout the state.
2021 Humanitarian Awardee
When it comes to Rosanne Cash, it’s hard to know exactly where to begin when describing this dynamic human being.
Obviously, when speaking of Cash, her music career would be the first thing that comes to mind. And it’s no wonder—with 15 studio albums, 21 chart-topping Country hit songs, along with four Grammy Award wins as well as eleven Grammy nominations and one SAG/AFTRA Lifetime Achievement Award for Sound Recordings.
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