Congratulations to LEAD Board of Directors member Judge Richard Dinkins for being named the 2019 recipient of the Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award by the Nashville Public Education Foundation!

“Judge Dinkins has long-advocated for steadfast support of students on the pathway to college and career readiness so they have the best opportunities to succeed beyond the classroom,” said Dwayne Tucker, LEAD CEO and fellow Board member. “LEAD has benefited immensely from his time on LEAD’s Board of Directors and we cannot think of a better Nashvillian to receive this honor.” 

Along with Dr. Adrienne Battle, Kasur Abdulla and Jimmy Granbery, Judge Dinkins will be honored at the annual NPEF Hall of Fame luncheon on  Oct. 2, 2019 at the Music City Center at 11 a.m.

From NPEF’s announcement: “Judge Richard Dinkins’ esteemed career of service to the Nashville community began during his third year of law school at Vanderbilt University, when he clerked for the Honorable Avon N. Williams Jr. and became involved in Nashville’s long-running desegregation case. Dinkins went on to successfully represent the plaintiffs in the case. Dinkins now serves as a judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals, while still remaining a tireless advocate for civil rights in public education. His dedication to making Nashville and our schools more equitable places for all children is an incredible example of what the Nelson C. Andrews award represents and what we hope we can inspire in future leaders of our city.

Judge Dinkins (pictured above with graduates of the LEAD Academy Class of 2019) is our longest tenured Board member, having joined in 2010. Congratulations once more to Judge Dinkins and all the NPEF honorees!