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.
- 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