January 28, 2005
CONTACTS: Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023 / Pat
O’Brien, (901) 333-4021
WOODSON AWARD HONORS ALLEGRA TURNER’S CIVIC WORK AND BIO OF JESSE H.
Southwest Tennessee Community College will confer its annual Carter
Godwin Woodson Award on Allegra Turner, prominent civic, civil rights
and social activist, and author of two books, at a ceremony Tuesday,
February 1, at 10:45 a.m. at the College’s Union Avenue Campus theater.
Prominent in her own right, Allegra Turner was a lifelong supporter of
her husband, Jesse H. Turner Sr., civil rights champion, longtime
treasurer of the national NAACP organization, and president of Tri-State
Bank. Allegra Turner is being specially honored on the publication of
her new book, Except by Grace: The Life of Jesse H. Turner.
A graduate of Southern University and the University of Chicago, Turner
taught in junior high, high school and college in Memphis. She was an
advisor for 20 years to the Youth Council of the NAACP and president of
the Catholic Human Relations Council of Memphis, one of the earliest
interracial groups in the city.
Presenting the award will be Dr. Cynthia B. Calhoun, chair of Social and
Behavioral Sciences at Southwest and advisor to the Southwest chapter of
The Carter G. Woodson Award has been presented by the College since
1989. The award recognizes individuals, groups or agencies that have
contributed to and promoted the African American presence in America in
support of Dr. Woodson’s historical legacy. A Harvard graduate,
historian and student of the Sorbonne, Dr. Woodson founded “Negro
History Day,” now Black History Month, celebrated in February each year.
The program will be hosted by Clarence Christian, director of the
College’s Honors Academy and associate professor of sociology. Music
will be provided by the Southwest Concert Choir under the direction of
Dr. Charles Pender.
The award ceremony is free and the public is invited.