Each year, the Africana Studies Program hosts the Dr. John T. Washington Community Service Awards and Scholarship Luncheon in order to recognize adults and youths who have made outstanding contributions to our community.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Gideon J. Lewis, a foot and ankle surgeon, UCF alumnus and member of the UCF Foundation Board of Directors. Gideon’s presentation will be entitled “The Million Dollar Gift.” He will discuss the unique gifts that each individual possesses and whey they should share it.
This year’s event will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016 at the UCF Student Union Pegasus Ballroom from noon until 2 PM.
The luncheon honors the legacy of Washington, an associate professor of Sociology from the mid-70s until his death in 1983. Besides being one of the first African Americans to hold a faculty position at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Washington was a humanitarian and leader who not only taught a life of service, but also lived it.
The annual awards recognize the people who live his goals of community involvement and service, and were established to carry on the humanitarian involvement started by the namesake professor more than three decades ago. The awards are presented by the Africana Studies Program, which has given more than $30,000 in scholarships in Washington’s name over the years.
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