NABSW's Dr. Millie Charles Receives Prestigious Award
Sunday, May 4, 2014
NABSW Congratulates Our Own Dr. Millie Charles
"Don't let the spelling fool you. There is no "I" in Millie Charles.
Whenever the legendary social worker talks about her long life, in
which she has confronted the forces of segregation, taught generations
of students and done as much as she could to ensure that poor people got
a fair shake, it's always in terms of a group.
"We always did
things as a group," she said on a recent afternoon. "It was never an
'I'; it was always a 'we.' . . . I didn't do any of this by myself. Not
any. . . . We had to work together to accomplish things. One person
can't do it alone.
That statement is typical of her attitude, said Ronald McClain, president and chief executive officer of Family Service of Greater New Orleans, who earned a master's degree in social work when Charles was dean of the School of Social Work at Southern University at New Orleans.
"It's never about her," he said.
this time, it is about her because Charles, 90, has been chosen to
receive The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for 2013. The Loving Cup has been
awarded since 1901 to men and women who have worked unselfishly for the
community without expectation of public recognition or material reward."