The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis has honored three women with its annual Legends Award for contributions they made to the Memphis community.
Each year the Women’s Foundation pays tribute to women who are trend-setters, visionaries and innovators. They are honored through original art and prose.
The pieces are created in collaboration between an artist and a writer to represent the honorees’ life and community impact. The Legends Award art tours the Mid-South before going on permanent display at The Hall of Legends in the Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.
The three women honored recently were Pat Morgan, Barbara Holden Nixon and Edith Kelly-Green.
Morgan received the Catalyst Award. The Foundation said she is “a multifaceted career woman, philanthropist, community advocate and award-winning author who has spent three decades working to break the cycle of homelessness locally, statewide and nationally.” Her work changed the way the homeless are treated and the services are provided, the Foundation said. Her Legends Award artist is Suzy Hendrix. Her writer is Jae Henderson.
Nixon received the Innovation Award. Nixon has been a passionate, tireless advocate for children and families for more than 30 years, according to the Foundation. As a pioneer, Holden helped people understand the importance of early brain development to children’s lives. She is a founder of ACE, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Center Task Force of Shelby County. Her Legends Award artist is Leandra Urrutia. Her writer is Summer Owens
Kelly-Green, will receive the Philanthropy and Leadership Award. She is a trailblazer, a strategist and an example of how far unflinching focus can take someone in life, the Foundation said. Kelly-Green is a founding board member of the Foundation and the Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis. Her Legends Award artist is Tobacco Brown. Her writer is Anna Mullins.
Proceeds from the Legends Award reception benefit the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan to reduce poverty by five percent in Zip Code 38126 by the year 2020.