Project HOME Staff Member Receives Cecil B. Moore Award
Congratulations to Project HOME staff member Carol Thomas! Carol, director of shared services/supportive housing, has received our Cecil B. Moore Award for her dedication to the North Philly community. She grew up in the neighborhood and has always been passionate about giving back to the place she calls home. She grew up advocating for equality and fairness for the black community.
“Receiving this award has brought back so many memories of growing up in North Philly. I was around 9 years old when I accompanied my mother and brother to protest in front of Girard College. The goal of the protest was to desegregate the school,” said Carol.
This award is given to a staff member who raises awareness about race and inclusion and works with others to address those issues. Moore was a defense attorney in the city and a prominent civil rights leader, known for his vigorous activism. He believed unity was crucial for the black community and that we all have a moral responsibility to help one another.
Carol recalls participating in one of Moore’s organized protests. “[Moore] was a charismatic and dynamic figure in the national civil rights spotlight. More importantly, he was a grassroots Philly fighter. Cecil B. Moore succeeded in opening the doors of Girard College by rallying the community to show up, show out, and demand change.”
We’re so proud of Carol’s persistence and tenacity to never be complacent. She, along with the continued support and efforts of the Project HOME community are what drive our mission.
“History is on our side; and at Project HOME, it is the Power of We that will prevail and keep us moving towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” - Carol Thomas