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Published on November 01, 2021

Richburg Accepts Adelaide F. Holderness / H. Michael Weaver Award

Dr. Antonia Monk Richburg, ’87, ’00 MPA, and the late Senator Kay Hagan recently received the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s most prestigious public service honors. The Distinguished Service Awards ceremony was held at the Elliott University Center Auditorium on October 27. Recipients were selected in 2020, but the presentation was postponed because of the pandemic.

Dr. Antonia Monk Richburg accepted the Adelaide F. Holderness/ H. Michael Weaver Award in acknowledgment of her decades of devoted service as a community leader and volunteer in Greensboro. Dr. Richburg is Vice President and Senior Program Officer for Cone Health Foundation and has spent nearly 30 years in nonprofit management. Through her work and tireless volunteerism, Dr. Richburg advocates for access to health care and support services for the disenfranchised. Her personal and professional efforts continue to build power in historically marginalized communities across Greensboro. She is committed to social justice and is a leader in advancing health and racial equity. 

In accepting the Holderness/Weaver Award, Dr. Richburg spoke about her mission, those who have helped her, and her own life journey. “I was born in poverty and deemed to be at risk when I came to this University. But with the right supports, perseverance, prayer, and great parents, I defied the odds and successfully made the journey from Head Start to the 1% of the country with a PhD,” she said. “I hope that my actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, serve more, and become more as they seek meaningful opportunities to effectively address poverty, racism, the opioid crisis, economic inequality in our community, affordability of health care – and to empower others to seek justice for all.” 

“Both of our honorees set the standard for selfless service in our community, our state, and our nation,” said UNCG Board of Trustees Chair Betsy Suitt Oakley. 

Please join us in congratulating Antonia for her amazing accomplishment. She continues to be a great asset to Cone Health Foundation and the communities we serve.

Antonia Richburg at UNCG Awards
Family and friends were on hand to celebrate with Antonia.
Antonia Richburg at UNCG Awards
Family and friends were on hand to celebrate with Antonia.
Antonia Richburg at UNCG Awards
Dr. Antonia Monk Richburg poses with her award.

Photos by Mike Micciche

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