John F. Kennedy University continues its tradition of lifelong learning and community service through the Kennedy Laureate Award. The Award is bestowed on individuals who embody these ideas through excellence in their respective fields and service to others and their community. The Honorable Thelton Henderson will receive the Kennedy Laureate Award at a dinner on November 2 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum.
Consistent with the themes of lifelong learning and service to the community,
the dinner is also a fundraising event with all proceeds directly funding
educational scholarships for JFK University veteran and low-income students.
In 1962, Henderson became the first African-American lawyer
in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights
Division. He investigated the
196316th Street Baptist Church bombing which
killed four girls and met Martin
Luther King and other leaders of the Civil
Rights Movement. His career has
included private practice, director of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo
County, Assistant Dean of Stanford Law School, law professor at Golden Gate
University, and US District Court Judge.
As a judge, Henderson has made landmark civil rights
decisions including the treatment and medical care of prisoners at Pelican Bay
State Prison and the entire statewide prison system. In addition, he struck down the
anti-affirmative action Proposition 209.
The University will also honor two additional awardees at the
event including Jonathan Moscone, Artistic Director of California Shakespeare
Theater, and Shirley Nelson, Founder and Chairman of Summit Bank. The awards program will include dinner and a tour
of the auto collection, silent and live auctions, comments from the award
recipients and a special preview of JFK University’s 50th