Denver Public Library accepting nominations for 2023 Juanita Gray Community Service Awards

The Denver Public Library is accepting nominations for its annual Juanita Gray Community Service Awards. Nominations are for African American men, women and youth who are setting exemplary examples of leadership and civic engagement in our community and state. Award recipients are selected by a committee of Library Commissioners, community members, past awardees, and library staff.

Nominations are due by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, and may be submitted online.

The award recipient(s) will be an African American and a Colorado resident who has taken an active role in the community above and beyond paid employment. The recipient(s) will have made an impact on the community and/or city and/or state and will be a supporter of the Denver Public Library. 

One of the recipients of the annual award will include a youth awardee, age 14-18 years, who is setting a positive example for many in our community; the youth awardee will receive a scholarship.

The community service award is named after former library staffer Juanita Ross Gray who helped found the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame and who had a strong commitment to Denver’s African American community.  

Nominees and award recipients will be notified in late December. An in-person awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at the Ford-Warren Branch Library, located at 2825 High Street.  For more information about the awards, questions about the criteria or assistance with the nomination form, please email



Written by jgosalvez on October 12, 2022