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Jerome Scott and Walda Katz-Fishman Award Statement

The 2004 ASA Public Understanding of Sociology Award is presented to Jerome Scott, Project South, and Walda Katz Fishman, Howard University, for their work on Project South and numerous other projects that have contributed to a public understanding of sociology among those who can most benefit from sociology’s empowering knowledge. Jerome Scott and Walda Katz Fishman have provided leadership for “Project South:Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide” since its inception in 1986. Project South is a national, community-based membership organization conducting popular political and economic education and action research for leadership development and movement building for fundamental social change.

Jerome Scott, Director of the Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, grew up in working class Detroit. He has spent his adult life participating in and educating about economic development, policy, and popular movements with a focus on those related to the southern United States and African Americans. His message is “Justice and equality is only for those who get organized and fight for it!”

Walda Katz Fishman, Professor of Sociology, grew up in the south, the daughter of parents who were active in the civil rights movement, in civic and Jewish organizations, and in the Democratic Party. From an early age, Walda became aware of the inequalities of race, class, and gender. Sociology offered her the tools for understanding and practically transforming the world.