2015 Walter Anderson Award

(Breaking Ethnic Barriers)

 

Juanita Brown '65 BIO

Juanita Brown’s mother, Millie Cowan, a Florida civil rights and civil liberties pioneer, was the inspiration for her attendance at Antioch College. Early Co-op experiences in Mexico at the Na-Bolom Institute, a center for rainforest preservation and indigenous rights, helped to shape Juanita’s love both for Latin America and for collaboration across traditional barriers of race, gender, language, class and generations.  

Brown went to work with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers at the height of the farm workers’ grape strike and boycott, traveling with Chavez across the nation on behalf of migrant workers right to organize. As the International Boycott Coordinator, Brown helped shape a global consumer education strategy that led to the first farm worker representation elections in the history of American agriculture. 

During the 1970’s, Brown was “adopted” by Edie Seashore, another Antioch graduate (’50) and pioneer in participatory leadership and organizational development. This began another key chapter that included both non-profit as well as corporate strategy consulting­­–––discovering how often we create “faces of the enemy” in ways that make healing and reconciliation more difficult.

While serving as a member of the core team of MIT Dialogue Research Project, Brown co-hosted an interdisciplinary gathering where the World Café approach to large-scale dialogue was discovered. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of people on six continents have used the World Café process to enable democratic voice and choice across race and class, workers and management, elders and youngers, as well as corporate and non-profit entities—bringing diversity of perspectives and “conversations that matter” into the forefront of making progress on complex organizational and societal issues. 

Her award-winning book, The World Café: Shaping our Futures Through Conversations that Matter, co-authored with David Isaacs and the World Café, has been translated into 12 languages and has recently been introduced to mainland China.


PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

2010                                

Edythe Bagley ’47
Edythe was one of Antioch’s first African-American students in modern times to be integrated fully into the curriculum. She taught high school English, later earning her master’s degree in English from Columbia University, then taught and directed plays at Elizabeth State College, North Carolina A&T University, and Norfolk State University. She later earned a Masters in Fine Arts, a terminal degree in Theater, from Boston University, becoming, in 1965, the first African-American woman to do so. She was a key facilitator in the Civil Rights Movement that began to transform the South.

William David Chappelle III ’80
Bill worked in the Cooperative Education and Dean of Students departments starting in 1973, and taught as an adjunct instructor of singing. He helped organize H.U.M.A.N. (Help Us Make A Nation) in the 1970s with his close friend, social activist Jim Dunn, to advocate community empowerment and social activism. He helped found the African American Cross-Cultural Works (AACW).

Jim Dunn
Jim came to Antioch to teach in the Social Work Department, emphasizing experiential learning and community organizing. His gift of empowerment brought people together through workshops and conferences, such as “Students of the ‘60s meet with Students of the ‘70s to discuss the ‘80s,” where key individuals of the Civil Rights Movement attended and participated. He founded, with Bill Chappelle, H.U.M.A.N. (Help Us Make A Nation ) an organization which evolved into The People’s Institute, the foremost anti-racism training and organizing institution in the nation.

2011

Sylvia Cheryl Jones Turner ’67
Santa Ana College Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, award-winning choreographer and educator active in concert dance, professional theater, and arts organizations.

2012

Victor Garcia 
Victor is president of the Board of Del Pueblo in Southwest Ohio, a nonprofit social service organization dedicated to community building and advocacy for Spanish speakers in the region. Victor is Antioch College professor emeritus of foreign civilizations and languages, and taught Spanish and Latin American literature and history for 25 years.

2013

David C. Farrar ’66
In David Farrar's career as an opera stage director, he has broken many barriers. He is not only the first African-American to direct the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera, Covant Garden, the Opera del Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile, and the Opera Theatre at Oberlin, but  was the first African-American to stage Gershwin's complete Porgy and Bess in the United States. He was honored at the National Opera Association conference in Boston for his historic role as an African-American opera stage director and received the 1995 Distinguished Director Award.

2014

Chas Bennett Brack ’83
Throughout Chas's career, he has been actively involved with human rights organizations such as Men of All Colors Together NY and New York City Commission on Human Rights. Brack now works at Third World Newsreel, while distributing his highly acclaimed directorial debut, Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project. The film won Best at NewFest 2008. He is the recipient of the 2012 Black Gay Research Group Founder’s Spirit and Soul Awards for Outstanding Contributions in Service to the Black Gay Community.