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Positive Black Women names Trailblazer winner

February 29, 2016
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Members of Positive Black Women pose for a shot at their annual Valentine's Luncheon. Courtesy GVSU

The original coordinator of Grand Valley State University’s women’s studies program has been honored by a campus diversity group.

Former GVSU associate professor Doris Rucks was honored by Positive Black Women, or PBW, receiving the organization’s first PBW Trailblazer award earlier this month.

The Trailblazer award is presented to a woman of color who has had a significant impact on campus or community life.

Rucks, 92, was an associate professor of sociology at GVSU from 1987-99 and resides in Muskegon.

Shawn Jenkins, director of the Muskegon Regional Center, said Rucks remains active in the Muskegon community, including her participation in a successful community drive to keep a neighborhood grocery store operating in Muskegon Heights.

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Established in 1994, Positive Black Women has endowed a scholarship fund and awarded more than $25,000 in scholarship aid to more than 70 students.

The Positive Black Women’s Scholarship is awarded annually to primarily assist African-American women in developing and achieving their academic goals.

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