Dean Olivia White was honored Jan. 10 by the Frederick Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs with the very prestigious Ellen Nickens Visionary Award.
While Olivia has been a longtime volunteer in the Frederick community, is active in many service organizations and sits on a number of local boards, Dean White is most widely known for her visionary leadership. Most recently she co-chaired the Realizing the Dream initiative, Hood College’s yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act that featured guest lecturers, performances, documentaries and a conference on contemporary civil rights issues. She chaired the initiative’s culminating event, the very successful March on Frederick, which attracted more than 1,200 participants and featured national civil rights activist Julian Bond as the keynote speaker.
Dean White also received high praise for her leadership role in bringing to Frederick in March 2004 a four-day international conference that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. The conference attracted distinguished authors, entertainers and other individuals such as Dorothy Height, Julian Bond, Peter Irons, Cheryl Brown Henderson, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Genna Rae McNeill, nationally acclaimed Sweet Honey in the Rock and the Morgan State University Choir.
We applaud her accomplishments and dedication to the Frederick and Hood communities. We are proud to call her a member of the Hood College team.