1990 Jack Green Civil Liberties Award Honoree
Carol Ellis, principal of Cook Junior High School, was one of the founders of the Rainbow Coalition at it’s 1983 organizing convention. She has been a leader of the Anti-Apartheid Task Force, which was instrumental in persuading the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to divest its direct investments in South African companies.
The major focus of her community work has been the development and coordination of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Sonoma County, which now involves thousands of people in honoring Dr. King, recognizing local students oratorical and artistic talents, and featuring multi-cultural performers. She has lectured widely on minority and women’s issues. In 1986, the YWCA honored her as a Woman of Achievement in Racial Justice.