Each year, the History and Political Science Department recognizes a woman who has made a noteworthy contribution to the civic life of her community; local, regional, national, or international.
She is invited to Cabrini to speak to our students and receive the Ivy Young Willis / Martha Willis Dale Award.
This year’s recipient is Gloria Richardson, Civil Rights Pioneer.
All are welcome to attend this free event. A reception is planned following the lecture.
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She led Cambridge’s local civil rights struggle, which focused on social justice issues, including expanding people’s employment opportunities with livable wages, as well as adequate housing, and access to healthcare.
A participant in the March on Washington in 1963, Richardson went on to co-found ACT, an organization that was instrumental in pushing outward the boundaries of American freedom. By the mid-1960s, Richardson stepped out of the public eye and she eventually began working as a civil servant in New York City’s Department for the Aging.
Concurrent with that work, Richardson became heavily involved with the City’s municipal workers’ union, where, among other activities, she mentored members on leadership and community organizing. She is now retired. Richardson has been awarded two honorary doctorates and numerous citations for her human rights activism.
The award and lecture program began in 1992 through the generosity of William G. Willis, father of Martha Dale, a 30-year employee of Cabrini who passed away in 2012.
To honor his late wife, Willis combined his own interest in political science and his wife’s involvement with the League of Women Voters and the World Affairs Council, bestowing the award at Cabrini College to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of public affairs.
Ivy Young Willis was a teacher, administrator, and reading consultant whose work at WQED in Pittsburgh lead the way for the teaching of reading on public television.
This series is dedicated to her memory and to her strong belief that women have a unique talent for improving the climate and conduct of public affairs.