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1987 Norman Thomas - Eugene V. Debs Dinner

The 29th Annual Norman Thomas - Eugene V. Debs Dinner was held on May 9, 1987, at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. The Master of Ceremonies was Leon Despres. Mayor Harold Washington was to present the awards to Jackie Grimshaw and Heather Booth, but he was unable to attend because of a meeting that ran over long. In his absence, Leon Despres did the honors. United Steelworkers of America President Lynn Williams gave the Thomas - Debs Address.


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Jacquelyne D. Grimshaw

You have shown by your extensive experience in working in the public sector that you are a person who cares.

Your caring has come through whether it was in the Bureau of Employment Security, Department of Personnel, Children & Family Services, the very important Federal Head Start Program, and presently as Director of the City of Chicago Inter-Governmental Affairs Department.

You have been a stalwart in the Chicago independent political movement for years, and firm in your belief that building coalitions will make changes and reform possible.

In both the 1983 and 1987 campaigns to elect and re-elect Mayor Harold Washington, you made your contribution by providing inspiring leadership in the victorious coalition.

For all this, the Norman Thomas - Eugene V. Debs Award is presented to you on this 9th day of May, 1987.


Heather Booth

You have dedicated yourself to enabling people to develop a sense of their own power and alter the relations of power in order to build a more just and humane society.

Through the Midwest Academy, you have inspired and trained thousands of new activists in the Citizen Action movement, the peace movement, and the women's movement.

You have reached across the generations to connect with and maintain the best traditions of the old radical movement while reaching out to upcoming student activists with a new vision and strategy for a better future.

By work and by deed your energy and commitment inspire us all.

For this, the Norman Thomas - Eugene V. Debs Award is hereby presented to you on this 9th day of May, 1987.


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