Ruby McKnight Williams, for whom the annual dinner and award were named, served Pasadena for over 50 years. Her achievements were many and she received countless awards for her tireless efforts in serving our community.
Mrs. Williams’ greatest service was to the Pasadena NAACP Branch. She served as branch president in 1959, 1960, 1969, and into the 1970’s. During this period, the branch supported two national precedent-setting civil rights cases.
In 1958, the Pasadena NAACP determined that in her honor an award should be given to those who demonstrate excellence in community service. In 1983, in recognition of Mrs. Williams’ dedicated service to the cause of civil rights and human dignity, she was given the honor of President Emeritus.