The Rev. Canon Dr. Sandye A. Wilson, Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett, the Rev. Dr. D.H. Kortright Davis, and Patricia Abrams have been named the Union of Black Episcopalian’s 2013 recipients of the Pauli Murray Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award and the Verna Josephine Dozier, Anna Julia Haywood Cooper and Mattie Hopkins Honors Awards respectively.
“The UBE Board and selection committee are very pleased to honor these four individuals who represent both lay and clergy for the contributions they have made to the life of our church,” said John E. Harris, Jr., UBE president.
As part of their 45th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Conference, UBE will present the awards at the Legendary Tribute & Gala set for July 2, at 6pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. This is the second time that these awards, named for Episcopal trailblazers, will be given to individuals whose life work exemplifies the spirit of their award namesake.
Dr. Davis is professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity, Rector of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in the District of Columbia, a distinguished author, and theologian and founder of the Bishop John T. Walker National Learning Center. He was one of the Archbishop of Canterbury's representatives on the Roman Catholic International Commission (AROCII). He serves as consultant to several ecclesiastical bodies, Anglican Dioceses, and Academic Institutions. He has also been a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. Davis will receive the Dr. Anna Julia Haywood Cooper Honors Award.