The 2010 Grass Roots Justice Awards event, benefiting Georgia Justice Project, was held on October 12th at Greystone Hall, Piedmont Park. Over 200 guests enjoyed cocktails, conversation, dinner and an unlikely mix of honorees at this beautiful new event space overlooking the pool and Lake Clara Meer.
The Grass Roots Justice Awards were created in 2008 as a way to lift up the work of three people and/or organizations whose efforts give voice or lend aid to the poorest in our community and – in so doing – complement our work here at GJP. Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, James M. Cox Professor of Journalism at Emory University, and former Managing Editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hank Klibanoff, presented a Grass Roots Justice award to Douglas A. Blackmon, Senior National Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and Pulitzer Prize winner for Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Longtime GJP donor and friend and HBSC alum, Ralph Edwards presented a Grass Roots Justice Award to the leadership of The Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta because of their signinficant contributions to the nonprofit sector through scholorships to nonprofit leaders. Finally, a GJP client’s grandmother – Ms. Oden – presented a Grass Roots Justice Award to Rev. Connie Lee and The Hillside/First Presbyterian Partnership for their innovative outreach especially to those in Georgia’s prison system.