NABJ Honors Lewis W. Diuguid with 2015 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award
Friday, May 22, 2015
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON (May 22, 2015) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) today announced the selection of Lewis W. Diuguid of the Kansas City Star as the recipient of the 2015 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award. The award recognizes a journalist who has had a positive impact on the community outside the normal realm of journalism and was named for the late Angelo B. Henderson, who as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal won a Pulitzer Prize and later became a minister, community activist and radio talk show host.
"Improving the situation for the black community, addressing issues of discrimination, diversity and how they impact our community is what Mr. Diuguid’s life is committed to," said NABJ President Bob Butler. "Whether he is offering assistance and support to the elders in the community, helping out families with food, repairs, guidance and wisdom, or meeting with youth to offer support and homework help, Diuguid has demonstrated a clear commitment to his community and is most worthy of this high honor.”
Diuguid has been a journalist and community activist/contributor in Kansas City and beyond for over 38 years. He has been an active member of NABJ for many years, and is a founding member and the treasurer of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists. He has served on the faculty of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. for many years. He has been actively involved with coordinating, planning and running the academy every year, since 1982. He continues to mentor the students who participated in the program.
He has also been very involved in supporting and advocating for the homeless and underserved population of Kansas City. He has dressed as a homeless person and joined the homeless black community to bring awareness to others as to how the community is viewed and treated. He does many other things to support this often invisible part of the black community, including helping on a regular basis at The Lord’s Table, a soup kitchen that serves lunch to the homeless community in Kansas City every Saturday. Diuguid makes regular financial donations, as well as helping to prepare, serve and clean up on a regular basis.
In 2014, Diuguid gave more than 25 volunteer speeches, to many different community organizations in Missouri and around the country. His speech schedule included keynoting for the NAACP chapters in Missouri prisons, as well as speaking for and working with two programs that support former prisoners. He also facilitates several annual MLK events in the Kansas City area. He does this in an effort to help bring awareness to issues and concerns in the black community. Diuguid has spent much time working with, advocating for and advising a number of members in the African American community as they re-entered the community, after incarceration.
Diuguid has a special passion and concern about the education of African American children. He has done all he could to be support the African Centered Charter School, in Kansas City. He has also been a supporter of the Gordon Parks Charter School, as well as many other schools in and around the African American community in the Kansas City area.
Diuguid has also written two books, both with a focus on education and diversity. His two award-winning books are "A Teacher's Cry: Expose the Truth About Education Today" (2004) and "Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union" (2007). Diuguid donates the proceeds of his books to community causes. He also, donates books whenever he speaks, as well as donating them to libraries, organizations and at schools where he works. In 2014 he donated several thousand dollars worth of books, as he does annually. He is now working on a book about the importance of embracing and mentoring black kids to help guide and nurture them. He believes that this is a very important in helping to bring around positive changes in the black community.
Diuguid has visited Ferguson, MO, engaged in special events, visited with those in the community to show support and help bring understanding to those who don’t “get it”. Not only has he written columns about the situations in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland and around the country, he has lead community discussions addressing these concerns.
Because of his passion for education and support students of color, Diuguid funds at least two scholarships annually. One to the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona, Tucson. And one to the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Urban Student Academy.
Diuguid is also a certified diversity facilitator; he has facilitated many workshops on diversity and education issues, in Missouri, Kansas and around the country. For over twenty years he has lead two monthly diversity discussions in different parts of the community to help improve communication and the quality of life for people of color in and around the Kansas City metro area.
Diuguid will be honored along with NABJ’s other award winners this summer at NABJ's 40th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.