Thursday, June 24, 2021
The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Gala was established to celebrate, recognize, and honor women, girls, and organizations for their work and impact in racial justice, advocacy and civic engagement, and women’s empowerment.
The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Gala was established to celebrate, recognize, and honor women, girls, and organizations who embody the YWCA mission to empower women and eliminate racism and go above and beyond to make our communities a place where women, girls, and people of color can thrive.
Proceeds from the Women of Distinction Awards Gala support funding for over 200 YWCA local associations to provide programs and other resources that touch the lives of women, girls, and people of color in over 1,200 communities across the country.
The YWCA USA established the Women of Distinction Awards Gala to celebrate, recognize, and honor women, girls, and organizations who embody the YWCA mission to empower women and eliminate racism. The accomplishments of our extraordinary honorees reflect those aspirational yet attainable goals. We are deeply grateful for their service and look forward to celebrating them in front of our community.
DOROTHY I. HEIGHT RACIAL JUSTICE AWARD
Named in honor of YWCA leader and civil rights leader Dorothy I. Height, the eponymous Racial Justice Award is presented to an individual whose efforts and contributions have been significant in the field of racial justice. This year, we are thrilled to recognize actor Taraji P. Henson for embodying the ethos and ideals of our beloved Dorthy I. Height.
Click here to lean more about the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation.
About the Award
Through the acknowledgement of hardworking racial and social justice advocates, we continue to elevate the contributions of Dorothy I. Height, her passion for social and racial justice, and her inexhaustible drive for equality.
Special Performance By
The mission of Evidence is to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken word, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation.
Click here to learn more about Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY.