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Tuskegee University to Honor Congressman James Clyburn During Embracing the Legacy Gala

February 26, 2024

Contact: Thonnia Lee, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Congressman James Clyburn

TUSKEGEE, Alabama  ̶  South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn will be honored at the inaugural Embracing the Legacy Gala for his work on social justice on March 15 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. 

Rep. Clyburn will receive the Monroe Work-Charles Gomillion Award in Social Justice. Monroe Work was a gifted researcher and sociologist who left an indelible mark on our country’s history through his groundbreaking research, which exposed the horrific impact of lynching throughout the South. His work played a pivotal role in creating a national movement to confront this injustice. 

Educator Charles Gomillion was a dedicated community activist who spent four decades at Tuskegee. He collaborated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists to bolster African American voter registration across the South. His leadership in the landmark 1960 civil rights case, Gomillion v. Lightfoot set a precedent by persuading the Supreme Court to declare gerrymandering unconstitutional. 

“The dedication that James Clyburn has shown to represent his state and across the country is an example for all to follow,” said Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, Tuskegee University President. “Like Monroe Work and Charles Gomillion, Rep. Clyburn has stood tall in combatting injustice and we are proud to honor him.”

“It’s a true honor to receive the Monroe Work-Charles Gomillion Social Justice Award,” said Congressman James Clyburn. “Monroe Work and Charles Gomillion were trailblazing activists and educators that dedicated their lives to the pursuit of racial justice. I’m proud to continue their mission and the mission of Tuskegee University.” 

“The meaningful impact he has had on our country and the inspiration he gives to those around the world has left a meaningful impact on our country,” Dr. Morris said. “He has helped pave the way for more equitable and inclusive future for all Americans. 

About Tuskegee University

Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuskegee University is a private, state-related and nationally ranked land-grant institution that serves a racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,000-plus students. The institution was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington and is one of the nation's historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges since 1933, Tuskegee’s academic programs — many accredited by their respective accrediting bodies — currently lead to 41 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and five doctoral degree opportunities. For more information about Tuskegee University, visit

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