Wharton, a partner with Adams and Wharton, and wife of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, received the award at CBU’s Baccalaureate Ceremony May 10.
Wharton was the only African-Americam woman in her graduating class at Boston College Law School. She worked with the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, and later in all court systems in Memphis.
“Wharton’s perseverance and dedication to combat civic and social injustices through the legal system ignited the beginning of a legendary and unfailing commitment to defending the rights of others and advocating for equality in education, housing, legal representation and basic human rights,” wrote Elisa C. Marus of CBU.
“Dedicated to giving back to the community, over the years Wharton has consistently used her talents as an attorney to improve life for minorities and the young. While actively involved in numerous boards and charities, one, the Boy Scouts of America, has been near and dear to her heart as it mirrors her commitment of helping young men, including her sons, learn the values of community consciousness, hard work and kindness.”
The Dozier Award for Peace and Justice is named for Bishop Carroll T. Dozier, the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis and a leader in race relations, peace and justice. Bishop Dozier served as Bishop of Memphis from 1971-1982.