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2024 Community Leadership Awards

Black Child Development Institute-Atlanta recently held its 2024 Community Leadership Awards ceremony, a testament to the broad support for our cause. The event, held at Loudermilk Conference Center, brought together a diverse group of educators, advocates, parents, and community leaders, all united in their dedication to positively impacting the lives of Black children and families.

Throughout the evening, attendees were treated to inspiring speeches, heartfelt testimonials, and a moving performance that underscored the resilience and strength of our community. From educators championing innovative approaches to teaching and learning to activists advocating for policies that promote social justice and equity, each award recipient showcased the power of determination and compassion in effecting positive change.

Congratulations to all the 2024 honorees!

Dr. Tanya Thomas was presented the Elaine Banks Collins Early Care & Education Award for her dedication to early education leadership and programming to increase a high-quality, culturally and racially diverse workforce for children birth to eight. 

Crystal Simpkins was awarded the Read to Succeed Literacy Award to honor her efforts in promoting early literacy and language development by supporting families in accessing culturally responsive toys and books that reflect children. 

Dr. James “Jim” Young was honored with Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III Legacy Award for his lifelong commitment to community activism, engagement, and leadership in education, policy, and much more.

Feliciano Lewis received the Powerful Families Family Engagement Award for his achievements in creating opportunities that addressed the needs of children and their families, leading to strong family structures and improved stability.

Milton Little was announced Partner of the Year for leading United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Strong Learners initiatives in early care, literacy, family engagement, and school transition.

Mayor Andre Dickens was recognized as Advocate of the Year for his 2023 ATL Year of the Youth initiative and continual efforts to support adequate programs and funding for early education and families.

Throughout the evening, attendees had the opportunity to not only be inspired and motivated by the stories and achievements of our honorees but also to engage in meaningful conversations and discussions. The event served as a catalyst for new ideas, collaborations, and renewed commitment to our shared mission, encouraging all to participate actively in our future events and initiatives.

The 2024 Community Leadership Awards ceremony was a resounding success. It celebrated excellence, resilience, and leadership in our community. Together, we will continue working to create a brighter future for generations.

Visit to learn more about BCDI-Atlanta and our initiatives. Join us as we continue to champion excellence in early care and education. We look forward to you at our 6th Annual Culturally Responsive ECE Leadership Summit on February 19, 2025

View photos from BCDI Atlanta’s 2024 Community Leadership Awards and Culturally Responsive ECE Summit in our gallery. You can also view the recap video of the 2024 BCDI-Atlanta LEAN Gathering & Community Leadership Awards Reception. 

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