The Alabama Humanities awards luncheon was held Monday, September 13, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Our guest speaker, chief legal correspondent for CBS News Jan Crawford, spoke about the United States Supreme Court, highlighting information she researched for her 2007 book Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court.
We were proud to present W. Edgar Welden with the 2010 Alabama Humanities Award. Mr. Welden initiated and has personally funded the Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarships benefiting current kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers in social studies projects. He is the current chair of the Alabama Sports Hall Of Fame and Museum and president of the Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Foundation, which provides more than 100 scholarships annually to Alabama high school seniors.
We also awarded the 2010 Charitable Organization in the Humanities Award to the Robert R. Meyer Foundation. Elmer Harris, an advisory committee member at the foundation, graciously accepted the award.
AHF Board member Cathy Crenshaw also presented a special resolution honoring The Rev. Fred Lee Shuttlesworth for his involvement in the civil rights movement and dedication to public advocacy that embodies the values and perspectives of the humanities. Sephira Shuttlesworth accepted the award on The Reverend’s behalf.
Prior to the awards luncheon six Alabama elementary school teachers were awarded the 2010 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 awards are awarded to teachers to enhance their teaching abilities by purchasing classroom materials for a special project, offering a class field trip or attending a seminar or institute in the subject areas of history and civics. This year’s recipients included:
• Takisha Durm, a sixth-grade teacher at PACE Alternative Education in Huntsville
• Cheryl Evans Hall, a third-grade teacher at Lacey’s Spring School
• Diane Henderson, a fourth-grade teacher at East Lawrence Middle School in Trinity
• Mary Elizabeth Lee, a sixth-grade teacher at New Market Elementary School
• Gerri McDonald, gifted programs at Perdido Elementary/Middle School
• Beverly Robinson, a fourth-grade teacher at Crossville Elementary School
Jenice Riley’s sister, Minda Campbell Riley attended the reception and presented the awards to the teachers. Her mother, Patsy Riley, and her brother, Rob Riley, were also present.
The Alabama Humanities Awards Luncheon was made possible in part by the generosity of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and Vulcan Materials Company. The Hoover Public Library provided volunteers for the event.