As many of you are aware of, I went to Boston last week and the Harvard University campus to accept the Phillips Brooks House Association’s Robert Coles Call Of Service Award.
The award has been given out since 2007 and it didn’t occur to me until arrived at my hotel in Cambridge to see to hit Google and see who the past winners of this award were.
That’s when I discovered that i was in some pretty serious company in terms of past recipients of it. Marian Wright Edelman won the inaugural award in 2007, Vice President Al Gore and BLM co founder Alicia Garza last year.
I also discovered that I am the first trans person ever to receive this award.
Here’s a link to the transcript of my 2016 PBHA Coles Award lecture, and the video. I also answered some questions from the audience concluding the lecture before yielding to a panel of local advocates.
Thanks once again to Maria Dominguez Gray, Shaquanda Brown, Robert Bridgeman, David Dance, Jalem Towler, Dean Katherine O’Dair and the students of the Phillips Brooks House Association for making my time on the Harvard Yard a memorable time.
Hopefully I’ll have a chance to come back for a future visit.