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Dr. Hazel Dukes

Dr. Hazel Dukes

An important civil rights activist of the 1960s and 1970s and a campaigner for over 30 years, Dr. Hazel Dukes is a leading figure in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and has served as the organization’s President of its New York State Conference for over two decades. She is also a board member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.

Dr. Dukes is President of the Hazel N. Dukes & Associates Consultant Firm, specializing in the areas of public policy, health and diversity. Dr. Dukes is on the Board of Trustees of the Assembly of Prayer Baptist Church, a member of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.

Dr. Dukes is former President of the Metro-Manhattan Links Chapter, in 2010 was appointed the National Links NGO Representative and is a former trustee of the State University of New York and Stillman College. Recognized for her outstanding leadership, she has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, YWCA City of New York John La Farge Memorial Award for Interracial Justice and the Guy R. Brewer Humanitarian Award. Dr. Dukes also received a Proclamation at the New York City Council’s Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Awards ceremony.

An active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Northern Manhattan Alumnae Chapter, Dr. Dukes received its Althea T.L. Simmons Social Action Award in August 2010. Dr. Dukes was incorporated in 2007 as a Pi Eta Kappa Fellow, and her biography has been published in many journals including: Fisk University Library, Minority Women Contribution, American Biographical Institute Personalities of Northeast, Who’s Who Among American Women and Who’s Who Among Black Women.

Dr. Dukes received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Adelphi University. She holds three honorary doctorate degrees from the City University of New York Law School at Queens College, City University of New York’s Medgar Evers College, and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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