Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awardees

The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award is given by Boards of Directors of Urban League affiliates across the country in memory of the great civil rights leader and former head of the National Urban League. Young was one of America’s most charismatic, courageous and influential civil rights pioneers. He worked tirelessly to gain access for African Americans to good jobs, education, housing, health care and social services. Locally, we identify individuals and organizations who exemplify Whitney M. Young, Jr. as they better the Greater Madison community.

Urban League of Greater Madison Awardees

1994  Shirley Williams
1996  Jim Gray
1998  Joe McClain
1999  Milele Chikasa Anana
2000  Drs. Virginia & Perry Henderson
2001  Kaleem Caire; Kathleen Woit
2002  Richard Davis; A.J. (Nino)Amato
2003  Ken Haynes
2004  Madison-area Urban Ministry
2005  Stephen Braunginn; LaMarr Billups
2006  Addrena Squires; Rev. Alex Gee
2007  Karen Seno
2008  State of Black Madison Coalition (Kenneth Black, Rev. David Smith, Robert Wynn, Joann Pritchett, Richard Harris, Ray Allen, Milele Chikasa Anana, Vicki Washington, Scott Gray)
2009  Mona Adams Winston; Sydney Forbes
2010  Dr. Charles Taylor; The City of Madison
2011  No Award Presented
2012  Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Muriel Simms
2013  Dr. Mercile Lee, Race to Equity
2014  Dr. Floyd Rose
2015  Jonathan Gramling, YWCA Madison
2016  Bishop Harold Rayford
2017  Frances Huntley-Cooper, Steve Goldberg
2018  Betty Banks, Edward Lee
2019  Greg Jones, Nia Trammell


I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular. But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless.

Whitney M. Young, Jr.