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Established in 2007, the Foundation’s Facing Race Awards honor Minnesota’s anti-racism activists who work tirelessly to change the narrative on race and create communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

2019 Facing Race Awards

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2018 Facing Race Awards

Award recipients:

  • Bo Thao-Urabe, Executive and Network Director of Coalition of Asian American Leaders
  • Otis Zanders, President and CEO of Ujamaa Place

2017 Facing Race Awards

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2016 Facing Race Awards

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2015 Facing Race Awards

Award recipients:

  • Lucila Dominguez, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha
  • Nekima Levy-Pounds, University of Saint Thomas School of Law

2015 honorable mentions:

  • Russel and Sarah Balenger, Circle of Peace Movement
  • Delores Henderson, Ph.D., Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Chaun Webster, Ancestry Books and Free Poets Press

2014 Facing Race Awards

Award recipients:

  • Jada Sherrie Mitchell, Tartan High School student and youth Leader
  • Justin Terrell, TakeAction Minnesota

2014 honorable mentions:

  • Jennifer Godinez, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP)
  • Bukata Hayes, Greater Mankato Diversity Council
  • Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy
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2013 Facing Race Awards

Award recipients:

  • Dr. Josie Johnson, Civil Rights Activist and member, Board of Regents, University of Minnesota
  • Ellen O'Neill, YWCA of Duluth Executive Director

2013 honorable mentions:

  • Corinth Matera, student, South Minneapolis High School
  • Oluwaseyi Daniel Oyinloye, professor, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Hli Xyooj, Farmer's Action Legal Group

2012 Facing Race Awards

Award recipients:

  • Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor Emeritus of history at Macalester College
  • Steve Pederson, farmer and founding member, Alexandria Cultural Inclusiveness Committee

2012 honorable mentions:

  • Elizabeth A. Campbell, Emerging Business Inclusion Coordinator at Ryan Companies
  • Taneeza Islam, Civil Rights Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota
  • T. Gregory Stavrou, Executive Director of the Rochester Civic Theatre

2011 Facing Race Awards

Award recipients:

  • Nathaniel Abdul Khaliq

  • Velma J. Korbel

2011 honorable mentions:

  • A. Lori Saroya
  • Rev. Paul Slack
  • Dr. Anton Treuer

2010 Facing Race Awards

Award co-recipients:

  • Herbert (Okogyeamon) A. Perkins, Ph.D.
  • Margery K. Otto, J.D.

2010 honorable mentions:

  • Ouida Crozier
  • Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D.
  • Angelique Kedem

2009 Facing Race Awards

Award recipient:

  • Dr. Ghafar Lakanwal

2009 honorable mentions:

  • Lou Bellamy
  • Joann daSilva
  • Dwayne Gibbs
  • Metric M. Giles, I
  • Barbara Corti Herrmann
  • Ange Hwang
  • Nieeta L. Presley
  • Jack Reuler
  • A. Lori Saroya

2008 Facing Race Awards

Award recipient:

  • R. James Addington

2008 honorable mentions:

  • Satveer S. Chaudhary
  • Donna Hauer
  • Rajean P. Moone, Ph.D.
  • Herbert A. Perkins, Ph.D.
  • Thien-bao Thuc Phi
  • Lawrence T. Potter, Jr., Ph.D.
  • Michelle A. Villanueva

2007 Facing Race Awards

Award recipient:

  • Jan Mandell

2007 honorable mentions:

  • Rev. Carolyn Arnett
  • Robert L. Crawford
  • James H. Heck, Ph.D.
  • Pamela James
  • Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D.
  • Helen Kivnick
  • Gary W. Y. Kwong
  • Monty Martin
  • Lupe R. Serrano
  • Mihailo Temali
  • Paul Williams
  • Susan Ault
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