Harper Councill Trenholm (1900–1963) served for 21 years as executive secretary of the American Teachers Association (ATA). One of the country’s most outstanding Black educators, he helped build ATA’s numbers and strength and worked for the merger of ATA and NEA.

NEA presents two H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Awards, one to a Black educator and one to a non-Black educator. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Must be an educator.
  • Work beyond the call of duty to free the education profession from inequities based on race or ethnicity.
  • Help improve intergroup relations and understanding among racial and ethnic groups.
  • Secure community recognition for his or her contributions to intergroup relations.
  • Form education coalitions with non-education groups.

Awarded to a non-Black recipient in odd-numbered years, and a Black recipient in even-numbered years.


2021 HCR Awards Honorees

Black Organizing Project
Black Organizing Project
California
Children of Smithfield
Children of Smithfield
Nebraska
Hmong Language & Cultural Enrichment Program
Hmong Language & Cultural Enrichment Program
Wisconsin
Chris Dier
Chris Dier
Louisiana
Dr. Clarence Jones
Dr. Clarence Jones
California/New Jersey
Education Minnesota
Education Minnesota
Minnesota
Project 16:49
Project 16:49
Wisconsin
Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson
Wisconsin
Sam Long
Sam Long
Colorado
Unidos Minnesota
Unidos MN
Minnesota
Wilhelmina Yazzie
Wilhelmina Yazzie
New Mexico