For their efforts in the struggle to reclaim Richmond's African Burial Ground:
Afrikana - Student organization of
the VCU Department of African American Studies, Award accepted by Charity Pierce, president.
Janine Bell - Founding Director, Elegba
Dr. Michael Blakey – Director,
Institute for Historical Biology, College of William & Mary
Sa'ad El-Amin – former Richmond
City Council member and former chair of the city's Slave Trail Commission
Sister Maat Free – Spiritual
Advocate for the Burial Ground
King Salim Khalfani – Executive
Director, Virginia State Conference NAACP
Shanna Merola & Kenneth
Yates – Richmond activists who exposed the plans by Virginia Commonwealth University
to repave the Burial Ground
Dr. Shawn Utsey – Director of
the documentary film “Meet in in the Bottom: The struggle to reclaim Richmond's African Burial Ground”
Breanne Armbrust - Coordinator of Richmond Jobs with Justice and labor
activist for her work to establish the Virginia Peoples Assembly, a statewide coalition of grassroots organizations and
individuals working together to establish a Peoples Agenda and support each other's work and counter the efforts of the Virginia
General Assembly to ignore the most pressing problems facing our communities.
Roy Bryant, Jr. - Longtime Richmond community activist and former vice president
of the Richmond branch of the NAACP for his life-time of work, especially during the campaign to close two elementary schools
builit upon landfills because of the deleterious effects of methane and other toxins on the children attending those schools.
The People United - grassroots activist coalition in Charlottesville, Virginia,
who led a struggle to educate Virginians about abuses in regional jails holding immigrants and to stop plans to build
an immigrant detention in Farmville Virginia. Award accepted by Jeff Winder, founding director.