On Monday, January 21, 20213, Debra Daniels, Director of the Women’s Resource Center and Co‐Chair of the Student Affairs Diversity Council, was honored with the Rosa Parks Award at the NAACP Salt Lake Branch’s 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Luncheon at the Little America Hotel. This award was established for the dual purpose of honoring the courage with which Rosa Parks challenged racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, and gave momentum to the struggle for racial equality in American and, honoring annually a woman whose life in Utah has helped to “Keep the Dream Alive”.
“The NAACP Salt Lake Branch is proud to present the 2013 Rose Parks Award to Debra Daniels for her committed and recognized work in the community. Debra has shown that one person can make a difference. She has devoted many hours of work to helping others. Her personal passion for her work is evident each time that she renders advice, lends a helping hand or comforts those reaching to her for words of encouragement. There are those nameless individuals in the community that Debra gave a warm smile when they needed someone to care. Debra never asked others to do what she could do and that was to help others. It is because of all these things, this prestigious award is presented to Debra.”
While Rose Parks herself presented the first award given in Salt Lake in 1992, Debra received the award from Jeanetta Williams, President of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch. In response, Debra Daniels states that “Receiving the NAACP 2013 Rosa Parks Award holds a very special meaning to me. It represents an acknowledgement of my work from the African American community and an organization that has worked so diligently to assure the right of all human beings. Receiving this award on the 2nd inauguration of our first African American president on the Day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and just days shy of Rosa Parks 100th birthday was incredibly significant. I am humbled and deeply honored to have received this award and to have my work recognized among those who have made it possible for me to reach many of my aspirations.“