Cook receives Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award

Published 3:06 pm Saturday, June 17, 2023

LAPLACE — Derron C. Cook, an art and media teacher in St. John the Baptist Parish, is known for leading his students and the community in discussions about Black history.

The National Education Association recently announced that Cook is a recipient of the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award, which continues the legacy of a scholar and historian known as the father of Black history, through his work as a historian, leader and educator.

Cook’s contributions to local Black history and advocacy include founding the Revolt1811 Museum and holding a month-long stand against police brutality with daily demonstrations along Airline Highway in LaPlace.

Dr. Tia Mills, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, described Cook’s museum as “his answer to the threats and actions of politicians and others who are on a mission to rid our schools and communities of textbooks that serve to educate on the past struggles and triumphs of Blacks in America and beyond.”

St. John Councilwoman Tammy Houston described Cook as “a habitual activist in all pertinent causes affecting our community, state and nation.”

“He began volunteering at a young age and has continued his passion for attempting to correct all injustices,” Houston said. “He is a vital component necessary to ensure harmonious relations in our community.”

For more information on Cook and the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award, visit https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/conferences-events/human-civil-rights-awards-program/winners/cook