The award is given annually by the University to citizens whose community involvement exemplifies the slain civil rights leader's message of service to others.
"It is wonderful to bring onto campus people from the outside community who can serve as role models for our students," said Community Affairs Director Jean McKeigue. "These are people who celebrate their community by giving back to it."
Lindsay overcame segregation in his native Birmingham, Ala. to graduate from Harvard Law School, and has forged a distinguished career as a jurist and civic leader despite being unable to walk since suffering from a spine tumor 15 years ago. He is active on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Morgan Memorial-Goodwill Industries and Partners for Youth with Disabilities Inc.
"His commitment is unparalleled," said Morgan Memorial-Goodwill Industries President Joanne Hilferty, who nominated Lindsay. "His raw spirit and determination are contagious ... His drive and determination to serve the community and do what is right provide him the extra push so he can continue his work."
Anderson has served in various capacities for 25 years with the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity Inc., a program that enables black students from inner-city Boston to attend suburban schools.
Nominating Anderson for the award, METCO Executive Director Jean M. McGuire noted that in his 12 years as chairman of the METCO scholarship committee, he has helped raise more than $250,000 for scholarships which have been awarded to nearly 500 METCO graduates.
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