HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)- A New Haven woman has received a prestigious award from Quinnipiac University for a lifetime of work to improve society. Lula White was presented with the Thurgood Marshall Award on the campus in Hamden last night. White was a ‘Freedom Rider’ who helped desegregate public facilities in the south in the early 1960’s. She also led student protests to fight housing discrimination at the University of Chicago with Bernie Sanders.
For many years, White was a teacher in New Haven and held leadership roles with the New Haven Federation of Teachers, the Community Soup Kitchen and with voter registration drives in New York, Chicago and New Haven. She continues to advocate for civil rights, fairness and justice.
The Marshall award is presented annually by Quinnipiac University’s Black Law Students Association. Past winners include Hillary Clinton, New Haven mayor Toni Harp and members of the Little Rock Nine.