Southpointe Chamber Board Member Jim McDonald Honored with The Louis E. Waller Humanitarian Award

James McDonald Award

Jim McDonald has been a board member with the Southpointe Chamber of Commerce since it was founded in 1991!

The Louis E. Waller Humanitarian Award was created by the Board of Trustees of the Washington County Community Foundation in 2008 to recognize a local individual or organization who is devoted to the promotion of human welfare and the advancement of social reforms as evidenced by humanitarian deeds in the community, whether local, national or international. The award is named in honor of Founding Trustee and Past Chairman of the Board, Louis E. Waller .

Among his many accomplishments, Lou championed for equal rights for African Americans during the civil rights era and has served in various capacities at the NAACP both at the local and state levels. In 1965 he was honored by the Washington NAACP with its Human Rights Award. He authored the series “The American Negro” published in the Observer-Reporter and also received the Renaissance Publications 1993 Black Trailblazer Award.

Honoree James "Cookie" McDonald is a lifelong resident of Washington County who has spent his life working to make the community a better place for everyone. He advocated for peaceful social justice reforms in the name of civil rights, fought for equal rights in the workplace and integration of the Washington School system, and served as President of Washington's NAACP branch from 1966-1970.

In celebration of James' extraordinary service, the Foundation is proud to share a special video presentation produced by the Washington County Historical Society highlighting his transformative work in the community. We hope you will enjoy it!