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SSD Superintendent Dr. Maclin Honored with Award from NAACP

June 26, 2024 - The St. Louis County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) selected Special School District of St. Louis County’s Superintendent Dr. Michael Maclin as the Excellence in Youth Development and Equity Award recipient. He was chosen for the award for exemplifying this year’s theme, "For Culture, For Community," due to his role as SSD’s first superintendent of color and his work leading the District’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts. 

“I’m extremely honored and humbled to have been selected for the NAACP’s award focused on youth development and equity. As superintendent for one of the largest school districts in Missouri, we are committed to breaking down systemic barriers and institutional biases to achieve true equity,” said Maclin. “In service to our students across St. Louis County, my focus is on improving academic outcomes, fostering operational excellence, and prioritizing resources and supports in critical areas to create positive change and expand educational opportunities for all students.”

Maclin was presented the award at the 87th Annual Freedom Fund Awards and Dinner, which was held on June 22, 2024. The event focused on the NAACP’s dedication to fostering unity, advancing justice, and celebrating community achievements in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Leaders, activists, and supporters from across the region gathered to honor the efforts of those making significant strides in the fight for equality and justice. The evening’s keynote speaker was prominent civil rights advocate U.S. Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett, who has been instrumental in driving progress and uplifting marginalized communities.

View the full list of honorees