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.
34th Annual Ruby McKnight Williams Award Winners
- Ruby McKnight Williams Award – Arzella Valentine, Woods-Valentine Mortuary
- Arts Award – Floyd Norman
- Community Award – Pablo Alvarado, Pasadena Community Job Center
- Education Award – Dr. Yahia Abdul-Rahman, Author, Founder of Muslim Schools
- Youth Award – Jordan Patton, ACT-SO Silver Medalist, Original Essay
- Civic Award – Philip A. Washington, CEO, LA Metro
- President’s Award – Laura Farber, Tournament of Roses, President
- Corporate Award – Kaiser Permanente, School of Medicine
- Small Business Award – Little Red Hen, Barbara Shay, CEO
- Faith/Cultural Award – Imam J.D. Hall, Actor
- Faith/Cultural Award – Bryan Takeda, Pasadena Japanese Cultural Center
- Faith/Cultural Award – Rabbi Marvin Gross, Retired CEO, Union Station
- Faith/Cultural Award – Rev. Kerwin Manning, Pasadena Church
- John Wright Leadership Award – Joe Brown, Past NAACP President, Community Leader
The 34th Annual Dinner was held at the Pasadena Hilton on October 3, 2019.