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Juanita Craft Humanitarian Awards Ceremony

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Please join us for the JUANITA CRAFT HUMANITARIAN AWARDS ceremony on October 11, 2020: this year, the awards ceremony will be held virtually. We will honor the legacy of Mrs. Craft by awarding past, present, and up-and-coming leaders who are continuing her vision. The Juanita Craft Humanitarian Awards will be an annual event held during the State Fair of Texas to recognize the work of Mrs. Craft and help uplift those who are committed to issues of justice and community transformation. Downloaded a 2020 Nomination Application packet soon that includes forms to nominate individuals and organizations/businesses for the award.  Your financial support is also needed to help with the restoration of the home.

Juanita Craft was an NAACP leader, former Democratic Precinct Chair, and the first black woman in Texas history to be deputized as a poll tax collector. Craft was a tireless advocate for desegregation, equal pay, equality in health care, and other civil rights issues. She moved to this Warren Avenue home during the 1950s when racial tension in the neighborhood was high. There were 11 bombings in the surrounding area from 1950 to 1951 alone. Despite this, her home became a meeting place for African American youth, whom Craft educated on civil rights issues and she believed would shape the future of the civil rights struggle. Civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and politicians such as Lyndon B. Johnson also visited Craft’s home. The house, built in 1930, is a typical example of the Craftsman Bungalow style and retains much of its original historic features. Mrs. Craft also played a crucial role integrating the State Fair of Texas among other universities, restaurants, and theaters around Dallas — due to her tireless efforts and this significant achievement, we would like to honor her legacy.

2019 Winners

Catalyst Award Recipient – Taylor Toynes

Legacy Award Recipient – Linda Lydia

Spark Award Recipient – William Menifee

Visionary Award Recipient – Rev. Richie Butler

Catalyst Award Honorable Mention – Rev. Dr. Michael Waters and Attorney Yulise Reaves Waters

Legacy Award Honorable Mention – Jaqueline Mixon

Visionary Award Honorable Mention – Kimberly Neil


2018 Winners

CATALYST AWARD—Candace Thompson


LEGACY AWARD—Willie Mae Coleman


2018 Honorable Mentions

CATALYST AWARD – Young Leaders, Strong City

VISIONARY AWARD–Dona Gassaway Mitchell

LEGACY AWARD–Rev. Peter Johnson

Mission Statement

The State Fair of Texas celebrates all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment.

The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


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Dallas, Texas 75223



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