August 3, 2022
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
WK Kellogg Foundation
WASHINGTON—The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ The Board of Governors presented La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of the WK Kellogg Foundation, with its highest honor, the Louis E. Martin Great American Award.
The Louis E. Martin Great American Award honors individuals who have made transformational contributions that have advanced America’s promise as a land of hope and opportunity for all. The award, first presented in 2003, is named after Louis E. Martin (1912-1997), one of the Joint Center’s principal founders and the first chairman of its board of directors. Joint Center Board President Barbara Johnson virtually presented the award to Tabron on August 1, 2022. They were joined in conversation by Joint Center President Spencer Overton.
The June Montgomery Tabron
President and CEO
“The June is so deserving of the Louis E. Martin Great American Award. We are grateful for her pioneering leadership in advancing racial equity and justice in philanthropy,” said Johnson. “As our country continues to grapple with the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and systemic racism, under La June’s leadership, the Kellogg Foundation has shaped the philanthropy response, centering the needs and experiences black children and families and other underrepresented communities, and vastly improve millions of lives across the country.
“I am extremely honored to be recognized by the pioneers of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and to stand alongside the many illustrious equity champions who have also received the Louis E. Martin Great American Award,” says Tabron. “The two years since the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent racial justice judgment have underscored the simple truth that transforming the complex and layered systems that shape our society requires racial healing. At the WK Kellogg Foundation, we have long believed that philanthropy plays a crucial role in supporting community-led racial healing, and I am delighted to help continue these efforts as we work to build a country and a world. where all children can thrive.
Overton said “La June’s voice and vision have led to powerful change in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She is truly an inspiring American who embodies the spirit of Louis E. Martin and other remarkable individuals who have received the award in the past. We so appreciate his leadership and support at the Joint Center.
Past recipients of the award include Cedric Richmond, Stacey Abrams, Senator Kamala Harris, Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Senator Cory Booker, Ambassador Susan Rice, Congressmen John Lewis and James Clyburn, Dorothy Height and Muhammad Ali. See the full list of recipients.
About Louis E. Martin
Martin was a graduate of the University of Michigan in 1934, a reporter for the Chicago Defender, founding editor and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, founder of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, and advisor to three presidents. He was instrumental in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the United States Supreme Court.
About the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the black American think tank, offers compelling and actionable policy solutions to remove persistent and evolving barriers to full freedom for black people in America. We are the trusted forum for leading experts and scholars to participate in major public policy debates and promote ideas that advance Black communities. We use evidence-based research, analysis, meetings and strategic communications to support Black communities and a network of allies.
About the WK Kellogg Foundation
The WK Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent private foundation by innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, the WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can achieve their full potential in school, work and in life. life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works in the United States and abroad, as well as with sovereign tribes. Particular attention is given to priority locations where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority locations in the United States are Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.