The Austin chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently presented Dr. Gregory J. Vincent ’83 with its highest honor, the DeWitty/Overton Freedom Award. Vincent is currently the vice president for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.
“Dr. Gregory Vincent has been in the trenches since arriving in Austin and has given of himself to raise awareness and educate the community on the importance of diversity and inclusion. Selecting him as the DeWitty/Overton recipient this year is our way of acknowledging his value and unselfish contribution to causes that affect people not just here in Austin but around the world,” said Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder in a press release.
The release notes Vincent has been active in promoting a number of local causes, and serves as the primary advocate for the African American Studies Cultural Center on East 12th Street. Vincent was presented a Community Service Award by the Austin NAACP in 2009.
“It was a humbling experience to be honored with the DeWitty/Overton Freedom Award,” said Vincent in the release.
Arthur B. DeWitty and Volma Overton played significant roles in the Civil Rights Movement in Austin, and helped to maintain a successful NAACP chapter.
Vincent earned a B.A. in history from Hobart College and was a member of the basketball and cross country teams.