The Reverend John W. Holland
The Reverend John W. Holland Humanitarian Award is presented annually to an individual who demonstrates extraordinary commitment and dedication to service to the disadvantaged community in Howard County. The award is named in honor of the late Reverend John W. Holland, whose life of tireless services was an example and inspiration for all. Born February 3, 1910, in Cooksville, Reverend Holland was a lifelong resident of Howard County. Through his ministry and civic leadership, he was a force in shaping the quality of life in the County.
Reverend Holland became president of the local branch of the NAACP in the late 1950s, a post he retained for ten years. During his tenure, he provided exemplary leadership to a community that openly and aggressively protested discriminatory practices of businesses and government in Howard County. He was inspired by the late Lille Jackson and traveled throughout the state and country with her, trying to ensure human rights for all people. In the late 1970s, Reverend Holland joined the Community Action Council (CAC) Board of Directors. During his 17 years of services on the Board, Reverend Holland was faithful, dedicated and always sought solutions to problems and obstacles confronting the disadvantaged. Reverend Holland worked closely with the CAC staff and led his congregation to offer its facilities to be used as a Senior Citizen Satellite Center, the first senior center in Western Howard County.
Reverend Holland was a founding member of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum, vice president of the Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches, member of the Human Relations Council of Howard County, Black Family Life, the Ministerial Alliance, Howard County Commission on Aging and the Howard County Association for Retarded Citizens. On November 25, 1987, Reverend Holland's journey through this life ended. Having won the respect of friends and foes, he left a legacy and a lifetime of memories of a gallant man, committed to his family, his community, and his God.
Reverend John W. Holland Humanitarian Award Criteria For Selection of Awardee
Humanitarian award nominees will be evaluated on three criteria: basic requirements, community contribution, and leadership/example.
The basic requirements that must be met to receive the Humanitarian Award are the following:
1. High standing and respect within the community, and
2. Prior association and/or involvement with CAC or work central to CAC's mission.
The community contribution component consists of having a history of community and county-wide service in the areas of human services, health, education, and/or faith communities.
The Leadership/Example criteria consists of three factors:
1. Community and organizational inspirational leader and role model,
2. Demonstrates ability to successfully lead community toward positive goals, and
3. Mobilizes others to higher goals.
Recipients of The CAC Holland Awards Dinner Humanitarian Award
1992 Rev. John W. Holland
1994 Dr. Silas Craft, Sr.
1995 Dr. Morris Woodson
1996 Mr. James W. Rouse
1997 Mrs. May Ruth Seidel
1998 Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr.
1999 Mrs. Jean W. Toomer
2000 Mrs. Leola Dorsey
2001 Mrs. Celonia Walden
2003 Dr. C. Vernon Gray
2004 Senator Robert H. Kittleman
2006 Mr. Victor Broccolino
2007 Ms. Barbara Lawson
2008 Delegate Elizabeth Bobo
2009 Willis McGahee
2011 David Weeks
2012 Dr. Sydney Cousins
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