Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Alan Page and his wife Diane Sims Page will receive the St. Paul Urban League Willie Mae Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s 82nd Annual Meeting Dinner on Tuesday, June 13. The event will be at the Riverfront Crowne Plaza Hotel, 111 Kellogg Boulevard, in Downtown Saint Paul. The guest speaker is Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, and former mayor of the City of New Orleans.
The Pages are being honored for their outstanding contributions to furthering the education of students of color who are “at risk” of not continuing their education after graduating from high school. Justice Alan and Diane Page created the Page Education Foundation in 1988.
Since 1995, the foundation has awarded 5,100 grants scholarships to more than 2,300 students. Nearly $4.5 million was granted to help students attending post-secondary schools in Minnesota. Presently, there are 576 Page Scholars attending 56 different colleges.
Justice Page was elected to an open seat as an associate justice in 1992. Upon his re-election in 1998, he was the largest vote-getter in Minnesota history.
Page is also known for his outstanding career as an NFL player with the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. He was inducted into the the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993, and the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame in 2002.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the National Bar Association, Mixed Blood Theatre Advisory Board, and is a former Regent of the University of Minnesota and a former member of the board of the Minneapolis Urban League.
The Page’s are parents of four children: Nina, Georgi, Justin, and Kamie. Page and his wife are the second recipients to receive The Willie Mae Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was created by the Saint Paul Urban League Board of Directors in 2005 and presented to Mrs. Wilson at its 81st Annual Dinner Meeting. She stepped down as president and CEO for over 30 years of outstanding and devoted service in making a positive difference in the lives of thousands of people throughout St. Paul and surrounding areas.
Others to be honored at the event are Katrina Hurricane survivors who now live in Saint Paul; city and suburban church Katrina volunteers; including scholarships being awarded to graduating seniors. The public is invited to attend.
Tickets are $60. Call the St. Paul Urban League at 651-224-5771 for reservations.