HOLLAND AWARDS

History of Reverend John W. Holland

Past Holland Awardees

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Born on Feb. 3, 1910 in Cooksville, Reverend Holland was a lifelong resident of Howard County. Through his ministry and civic leadership, he was a force in shaping the quality of life in the county.

Reverend Holland became president of the local branch of the NAACP in the late 1950s, a post he retained for 10 years. During his tenure, he provided exemplary leadership to a community that openly and aggressively protested discriminatory practices of businesses and government in Howard County. He was inspired by the late Lillie Jackson and traveled throughout the state and country with her, trying to ensure human rights for all people.

In the late 1970s, Reverend Holland joined the Community Action Council (CAC) Board of Directors. During his 17 years of service on the Board, he was dedicated and always sought solutions to problems and obstacles confronting the disadvantaged. He worked closely with CAC staff and led his congregation to offer its facilities to be used as a Senior Citizen Satellite Center, the first senior center in Western Howard County.

Reverend Holland was a founding member of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum, vice president of the Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches, member of the Human Relations Council of Howard County, Black Family Life, Ministerial Alliance, Howard County Commission on Aging and the Howard County Association for Retarded Citizens. On Nov. 25, 1987, Reverend Holland’s journey through this life ended. Having earned the respect of friends and foes, he left a legacy and a lifetime of memories of a gallant man, committed to his family, his community and his God.

The Reverend John W. Holland Humanitarian Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that demonstrates extraordinary commitment and dedication to serving the most vulnerable population in Howard County. The award is named in honor of the late Reverend Holland, whose life of tireless service was an example and inspiration for all.
Reverend John W. Holland Humanitarian Award Recipients

Community Action Council Service Award Recipients

1992
Reverend John W. Holland
2007
Ms. Barbara Lawson

1994
Sr. Silas Craft, Sr.
2008
Delegate Elizabeth Bobo

1995
Dr. Morris Woodson
2009
Mr. Willis McGahee

1996
Mr. James W. Rouse
2011
Dr. David Weeks

1997
Mrs. May Ruth Seidel
2012
Dr. Sydney Cousin

1998
Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr.
2013
Food for Tomorrow

1999
Mrs. Jean W. Toomer
2014
Leadership Howard County

2000
Mrs. Leola Dorsey
2015
50th Anniversary Celebration

2001
Mrs. Celonia Walden
2016
Howard 7 Rotary Clubs

2003
Dr. C Vernon Gray
2017
Senator Guy J. Guzzone and County Executive Allan H. Kittleman

2004
Senator Robert H. Kittleman
2018
Mrs. Vivian Bailey

2006
Mr. Victor A. Broccolino
2019
Roy and Susan Appletree

2006
One Month’s Rent Initiative and Sunrise Rotary Club of Ellicott City

2007
Howard County Muslim Council and Baltimore Ravens

2008
Atholton High School and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Tau Pi Chapter

2009
St John Baptist Church and Phoenix Sentinels of Howard County

2011
Howard County Arts Council

2012
Ascend One Corporation

2013
Apple Ford Lincoln and Wegmans

2014
Leadership Howard County Class of 2014