2012 FEA Human and Civil Rights Winners

The following awards were presented at a luncheon during the 2012 FEA Delegate Assembly, held in Orlando in October.

View the presentation shown at luncheon of our winners.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Award

John Henry Powell, Sr. founded the nonprofit organization Truth For Youth, Inc. to serve as an advocate for youth in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.  His initial mission was to create and provide educational, recreational and social programs for inner city at-risk youth.  Rev. Powell’s organization has expanded to include adults, seniors, and the general community.  Through this program Rev. Powell has positively impacted the lives of thousands of residents throughout Northwest Florida.  His exceptional activism clearly demonstrates that he is a national champion for underserved communities.  




Human & Civil Rights Leadership Award

William “DC” Clark has spent his life as an outspoken advocate for social justice and human and civil rights . He has served as a model for children in our most fragile communities and through his numerous service roles in the community, promotes and motivates others to work to achieve human and civil rights for all.  In 1997 DC authored the book Lessons from The Other Side and continues to share his lessons by serving as a guest columnist for the Miami Times newspaper.   Mr. Clark is a leader in many organizations and well-known in the South Florida community as the man who speaks up and moves to action.

FEA Service Award

Gilda Morgan-Williams has been an activist in her local, state, and national union organizations for over twenty four years. Ms. Morgan-Williams has served on the FTP/NEA Board of Directors, the FEA Executive Cabinet  and on many committees throughout the years.  Ms. Morgan-Williams’ message is that we must make every effort to ensure that we model inclusiveness at all levels of our organization’s structure.  She was instrumental in writing and establishing FEA Goal 9 – Embrace gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity.  Ms. Morgan-Williams has worked on numerous community and statewide projects related to charity and spent countless hours advocating for the rights of children and for the good of the organization.



Cesar Chavez Action & Commitment Award

John Streater has been a supporter of the Labor Movement for over 40 years through his direct participation emphasizing building bridges within Labor, and between Labor and Community, particularly across racial, ethnic, national and international divisions.  Addressing Labor and Civil Rights/Human Rights issues here and elsewhere has been part of Dr. Streater’s focus since 1964 when he wrote his dissertation on “The National Negro Congress, 1936-1947”.  Through the years John has served as a union steward, HCTA Executive Board member, and bargaining team members.  As a delegate to many conventions John initiated direct support to other locals and communities in crisis.   

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