Hal and Cherry Clements Community Service & Social Justice Promotion Award
Among the Co-Founders of Doctors for Global Health in 1995 were Hal and Cherry Clements (PDF), both 82 at the time.
She an Algebra teacher, he a high school principal, they were known for their "think global act local" work, which included working with Atlanta's homeless, being on the Atlanta Board of Habitat for Humanity, and being part of many other organizations dedicated to environmental health and social justice, including Atlanta WAND (Women's Action for New Directions).
Hal started an aluminum can recycling collection to support DGH that continues to this day. Both were awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Senior Citizens Active in Community Service in 1992.
Hal died in 1999, the year in which Cherry received the "Unsung Heroines" Award from the Metropolitan Atlanta Coalition of 100 Black Women. Cherry died in 2006.
Their visits made representatives of local and national government pay attention, due to their reputation for relentless promotion of health and social justice. Their memory is of making a positive difference in myriad ways, among them Cherry's using her prowess as a cook (she published several recipe books) to get paid for weekly catering, the earnings of which she used to provide meals for homeless shelters.
Sandy Kemp Memorial Scholarship
DGH established the Sandy Kemp Scholarship in memory of founding DGH board member, Spanish Professor Sandy Kemp whose life exemplified the DGH principles of action.
Sandy Kemp (second from the right in photo taken at a DGH General Assembly) was born in Angola, Africa, in 1928. She lived her life as if every moment were important to her and to others around her. Sandy taught Spanish at Davidson College for 28 years until her death, serving as department head. During the summers, she would take students on field trips. Sandy did not appreciate or tolerate injustice, and she lived her life so as to minimize the injustice she found in this world. Each November, Sandy’s home became a station on the “overground” railroad for DGH friends on a pilgrimage to Ft. Benning to rally for the close of the School of the Americas. She also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, was active in the Davidson United Methodist Church Mission Committee and sent more than a ton of school supplies to Nicaragua during six of Davidson’s “Clean Your Desk” campaigns.
She took a delegation from Davidson to visit the people of Morazán, El Salvador to visit the work we were doing there, which became a rich yearly tradition. In a 50th class reunion autobiography Sandy wrote,“Instead of academic credits, students with me do language study and then visit and participate in projects which help the poor to help themselves.” She was instrumental in the creation of DGH in 1995. Sandy left her entire estate to the United Methodist Foundation to be forwarded to selected activities in Nicaragua. She walked what she talked!
The Scholarship was established to help students and others in financial need to attend DGH General Assemblies. It was designed to subsidize expenses outside of travel. For those who are able, please note on the registration form the opportunity to contribute to the Sandy Kemp Scholarship fund. The more generous the donations, the more Sandy Kemp assistance that can be divided among deserving applicants. In some years, Sandy Kemp Scholars have had their entire registration, room and board fees covered.