George Henry White Award presented to President Barack

The maiden presentation of the award was presented to President Barack Obama at the biennial Spaulding family reunion on July 31, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the evening at the Hilton North Raleigh Hotel, Raleigh, NC. The family association Board of Directors under its non-profit foundation unanimously nominated President Obama to be the first recipient of this Award. The Association's decision required little effort, as it saw in President Obama the characteristics of servant leadership, a passion for the social engineering that works for the greater good of all humankind and a strong sense of family cohesiveness. President Obama brought the memory of Congressman George Henry White to the awareness of our nation when he addressed the Congressional Black Caucus in September 2009. [Watch the speech here. Download and read the PDF transcript here.] The George Henry White Pioneer Award was established to recognize and pay tribute to those who embody the traits which Congressman White possessed.