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James Evans, Jr. (1919 - 2008)
James Evans had a varied and meaningful career as a social worker. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, and served overseas as a medic during World War II. Under the GI Bill of Rights he graduated from Temple University's School of Education, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education. He later received his MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work. In addition, he studied at both the University of Hartford and Rutgers University concentrating in alcohol studies. He also attended graduate courses at New York University and the Universities of Connecticut and Nebraska.
He worked as a clinical director, consultant, social worker, executive director, psychotherapist as well as other positions at agencies including: Federation of the Handicapped in New York; the Greater Bridgeport Child Guidance Clinic, New Haven Hospital in Connecticut; National Welfare Rights Organization; Urban League of Nebraska; Urban Resources Inc., and Washington, DC.
He was active over the years in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), both on the national level and in the DC Metro Chapter. In 1976, he was named the Social Worker of the Year, NASW, and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 from the NASW, DC Metro Chapter. He was the Senior Staff Associate for Clinical Practice - Minority Affairs - and Chapter Services for NASW and was later a lobbyist for the DC Metro Chapter, as well as its Executive Director.
He was responsible for developing and maintaining an active continuing education approval certificate program long before the National NASW and the Board of Social Work initiated their own programs. He was a longtime member of PACE and organized a number of DC Council Candidate Forums and also PACE Breakfast Fundraisers. He was also involved in the founding of the Verne Lyons Scholarship Fund for African American Students studying in the field of