Edward Blakely Award

Current as of April 15, 2014

The Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) has established the Edward Blakely Award. Edward Blakely has been a tireless champion for social justice over many years of service as an urban planning professor, author, and practitioner in the U. S. and abroad. Blakely, currently resident in Australia, was present for the announcement of the award’s establishment on October 13, 2011, at the annual meeting of ACSP held in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also helped present the first award to Boston activist and author Mel King on November 2, 2012. More information about the award and the first presentation is available at http://www.acsp.org/aboutpocig/currentactivities.

We invite nominations for the Edward Blakely Award for the year 2014. The nominee should exemplify the following qualities:

  • Dedication to the cause of social justice, particularly for communities of color;
  • Creative or path-breaking approaches to pursuing such ends;
  • Outstanding service/ accomplishment in urban planning or development.

In the spirit of Blakely’s service, nominees may come from either practitioner or academic backgrounds, need not be associated with ACSP or POCIG, and may be resident in any country of the world (the award is not monetary but some travel funds for the awardee are available). A nominator (someone other than the person being nominated) should submit the following in a single PDF file:

  • A nominator’s letter, which addresses the criteria listed above, and is a summary statement of the rationale for the nomination;
  • At least two but no more than four additional letters of support for the nominee, with at least one letter included from someone who is not employed by the same organization as the nominee;
  • Full name, position, affiliation, and contact information for the nominee, and,
  • If available, either a resume or a link to a resume on line.

Please send nominations to Blakely Award Committee Chair, Prof. June Thomas, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, through Angela Lee at angellee@umich.edu no later than May 27, 2014.

More information about POCIG is available at its web page: http://www.acsp.org/aboutpocig and more information about ACSP is available at http://www.acsp.org.

The award will be presented by POCIG leadership at the fall 2014 ACSP conference to be held in Philadelphia, PA, October 30 – November 2.