Grassroots Black Leadership Awards

The Lexington Black Prosperity Initiative 2023 Grassroots Black Leadership Awards will be announced soon!

The Lexington Black Prosperity Initiative, a community-advised committee of Blue Grass Community Foundation, will soon announce the 2023 Grassroots Black Leadership Award honorees. With this award, the Lexington Black Prosperity Initiative celebrates and invests in three Black grassroots leaders who are on the frontlines leading vital work to affect positive change in Lexington. This award provides an unrestricted stipend of $5,000 in recognition of their efforts.

Earlier this year, the Lexington Black Prosperity Initiative invited nominations for those individuals who invest their time, creativity, expertise and, on many occasions, their personal finances, to create stronger Black communities in our city. Nominees must live in and/or lead programs that benefit Black communities in Lexington. Their work should address racial justice, racial equity gaps and/or contribute to prosperity in the Lexington Black community.

Past Grassroots Black Leadership Award Honorees

2022 Winners

Marcellus Barksdale

Martina Barksdale

Geo Gibson

Jaria Gordon

David Laurenvil

2021 Winners

Devine Carama

Trevor Claiborn, Sr.

Khari Gardner

Tonya Lindsey

Sharon Murphy

Elisha Mutayongwa

Stephen T. Overstreet

Ashley C. Smith

Tanya Torp

Rev. L. Clark Williams