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Mary Helen Thomas Racial Justice Award

The Mary Helen Thomas Racial Justice Award was established in 1987 as a way to honor Mary Helen’s commitment to social justice and racial equity.

Through this award, we seek to highlight a male or female in the South Hampton Roads community who continues to advocate and work toward the advancement of ALL people.

Who was Mary Helen

Mary Helen Thomas (1925-2010) was a pioneer in the 1960’s who worked to break down the barriers of racism within Hampton Roads through  water safety and learn-to-swim programs.

Nomination Criteria

  • This award shall be presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution toward the elimination of racism and/or furthering racial equity and inclusiveness in the South Hampton Roads community
  • Must be a resident of South Hampton Roads
  • The recipient may be of any race, age, or gender
Nominations are due January 1st. If you are interested in nominating someone fill out the form below.
If you know a champion of social justice, please nominate them by completing this form below.

Mary Helen Thomas Racial Justice Award

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