Awards & Recognition

“Others Lord, yes others, help me to live for others, that I may live for thee”.

Sarah Moore Greene

Esteemed educator, civil rights advocate and revered community leader

Sarah Moore Greene’s effective political involvement, social action, educational leadership merited numerous awards and certificates of achievements, as well as recognition from Presidents of the United States and Members of the Congress of the United States. The following is a listing of “Select Awards and Recognitions” that span the 102 year legacy (1910-2012) of Sarah Moore Greene.


Student – Tennessee A&I Normal School (now Tennessee State University, Nashville)

Teacher – One room school, Shady Grove, Monroe County, Tennessee

Founder, Principal, Teacher – Sarah Moore Greene Kiddy College, Knoxville, Tennessee

Principal Organizer and Board Member – Tennessee Valley Authority’s Weekend Academy, Inc.

Co-Founder & Chair – First Book Knoxville, affiliate of First Book, Inc.



City of Knoxville Board of Education Honor – The Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee was named in honor of Sarah Moore Greene (a first for a living person in Knoxville, Tennessee)


  • President of NAACP Knoxville branch
  • State President of NCAAP Tennessee Group
  • Member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP
  • First African American Woman voting delegate to the Republican National Convention
  • First African American elected to City of Knoxville Board of Education
  • Honorary Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


  • Member, U. S. President Gerald R. Ford’s National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children
  • Member, Governor’s Great Programs for East Tennessee
  • Honorary Chairman of the Knoxville Branch of America’s Promise
  • Member, Knoxville Mayor’s Committee on Human Relations
  • Charter Member & Board Member, Knoxville Opportunities Industrialization Center


  • Knox County Mayor’s Pioneer Award for leadership in the desegregation of Knox County Schools
  • National Black Caucus of State Legislators Nation Builders Award
  • Knoxville YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Humanitarian Award
  • Knoxville Area Urban League Whitney M. Young Lifetime Achievement Award
  • National Black Caucus of State of Tennessee’s Nation Builders Award
  • Knoxville NAACP President’s Award



Proclamation/Commendation – Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc., for Exemplary Commitment, Leadership and Advocacy to Children

Proclamation – “Sarah Moore Greene Day”, Madisonville (Monroe County), Tennessee

Proclamation/Award – Sarah Moore Greene “Woman in American History”, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Rhea – Craig Chapter, Sweetwater, Tennessee