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TCCY Honors Advocate, Media and Public Official

Monday, April 13, 2015 | 4:16pm

2015 Children's Advocacy Days Awards

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth honored Tennesseans who have made a difference for children during its 27th Annual Children’s Advocacy Days at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

Each year, TCCY gives awards to child advocates, members of the media and, beginning last year, public officials.

Memphis advocate and mental health and early childhood pioneer Barbara Holden Nixon was honored with the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award. Continuing an extensive history in social work and social service, Nixon is co-chair of the newly formed Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) Center Task Force of Shelby County. Nearly 20 years ago, she first brought attention in Memphis to the importance of brain development in early childhood and the primary importance of prevention.

Sevier County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Dwight Stokes received the Senator Douglas Henry Public Official of the Year Award, named for the long-serving, widely respected state senator. As vice chair of TCCY’s statewide Disproportionate Minority Contact Task Force and a member of state and national judicial groups, Stokes has been a passionate advocate for equity in the treatment of those involved with the justice system.

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