"Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable."
"Words like "freedom," "justice," "democracy" are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply."
"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
"Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up."

The SOIAOI, James Baldwin Award is an annual award presented by Speak On It, Act On It (SOIAOI), Inc to recognize and honor residents of Carroll County, Maryland or counties adjacent to Carroll County who Speak On and Act On the themes of James Baldwin. 

The award is meant to honor individuals who celebrate African American Culture and encourages African Americans to embrace their heritage.

These individuals Speak on and Act on injustice, inclusion, equity and racism.


Self-nominations are allowed. The award is presented annually at the SOIAOI, JUNETEENTH in Carroll event.

If you would like to nominate someone for the SOIAOI, James Baldwin Award, please fill out the form below. For questions, please email us at speakonitactonit@gmail.com.

2023 James Baldwin Award Winner
Mrs. Virginia Harrison

2023 Award Winner, mrs virginia harrison