Juanita Craft Humanitarian Awards

Honoring Ms. Craft's Legacy

The Juanita Craft Humanitarian Awards were created to honor Ms. Craft’s legacy. She was an influential activist during the civil rights movement and played a crucial role in integrating the State Fair of Texas among other universities, restaurants, and theatres around Dallas. Hosted by the State Fair of Texas and the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House & Steering Committee, this annual event serves as a fundraiser for repairing Ms. Craft’s childhood home – a Dallas landmark that now serves as a museum and through the necessary renovations, it will become an educational tool and resource for generations to come. Each year the ceremony recognizes past, present, and future leaders who are following in her footsteps, by presenting awards to individuals who have made an impact on civil rights in the City of Dallas. See our list of past recipients below.

The 2020 Juanita Craft Humanitarian Awards will be held virtually this year on October 11, 2020 starting at 2:00 P.M. Click the button below to download the 2020 nomination packet that includes information on how to nominate individuals, businesses, and organizations. Mark your calendar: the deadline to return the nomination packet is September 18, 2020.

2020 Nomination Packet

The Catalyst Award

The Catalyst Award goes to individuals under 40 that are making an impact in civil and human rights in the city of Dallas by creating new initiatives and opportunities.

2019 Recipient – Taylor Toynes
2019 Honorable Mention – Catalyst Award Honorable Mention – Rev. Dr. Michael Waters and Attorney Yulise Reaves Waters
2018 Recipient – Candace Thompson
2018 Honorable Mention – Young Leaders, Strong City

The Legacy Award

The Legacy Award is A lifetime achievement award for individuals, families, or organizations that have made important and sustained contributions to the understanding and promotion of civil rights.

2019 Recipient – Linda Lydia
2019 Honorable Mention – Jaqueline Mixon
2018 Recipient – Willie Mae Coleman
2018 Honorable Mention – Rev. Peter Johnson

The Spark Award

First awarded in 2019, the Spark Award is designed to recognize a young person between the ages of 14-21 that is making an impact in their schools, neighborhood, or local community by contributing to making our world an even better place now and in the future.

2019 Recipient – William Menifee

The Visionary Award

The Visionary Award recognizes individuals whose contributions are currently creating a positive effect on civil rights and community transformation in Dallas.

2019 Recipient – Rev. Richie Butler
2019 Honorable Mention – Kimberly Neil
2018 Recipient – Robert Edison
2018 Honorable Mention – Dona Gassaway Mitchell

CURRICULUM INSPIRED BY JUANITA CRAFT’S LEGACY

Juanita Craft’s legacy in the civil rights movement, specifically in Dallas, is one to be remembered and shared with generations to come. So, in partnership with Big Thought, the State Fair of Texas developed curriculum, for grades 4 to 12, exploring Juanita Craft’s life. Each year a workshop on this curriculum is held and open to any teacher who wants to attend. For more information, contact community@bigtex.com.

Access the Juanita Craft Curriculum