Past Recipients

The Dr. Joseph Draper Service Award recognizes exceptional contributions to our Atlanta community through selfless acts of service. This honor is named after Dr. Joseph Draper, a distinguished graduate of Morehouse College in 1957. During his time at Morehouse, Dr. Draper focused on Sociology as his major and Education as his minor. He was actively engaged in the Organized Veterans of Morehouse College and was a proud member of the American Legion Post 574. His commitment to academic excellence led to his induction into the Alpha Kappa Delta National Sociological Honor Society.

Dr. Draper continued his educational journey at Atlanta University, where he achieved a Master of Arts degree in 1965, a Specialist in Education degree in 1972, and a Doctorate in Education in 1985.

Upon graduation from Morehouse, Dr. Draper embarked on a long and distinguished career within the Atlanta Public School System. He began as a dedicated teacher, quickly proving himself as a talented and compassionate educator. His exceptional abilities earned him promotions, first as an Administrative Assistant, then as a Principal, and eventually as a Director. In his role as Director, he assumed responsibility for Environmental Services across the Atlanta Public Schools.

Dr. Draper’s commitment to service extended beyond the classroom. He also served in the U.S. Military during the Korean War and continued his service as a reserve officer until retiring at the rank of Major. Additionally, he served as the Associate Executive Director of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association for more than three years.

Dr. Draper was an active participant in the greater Atlanta community, contributing to various organizations. He served on the board of directors for the Butler Street YMCA, chaired the Southside Branch Board of Managers, and directed the Skyline Civitan Club.

Throughout his life, Dr. Joseph Draper remained an engaged and supportive alumnus of Morehouse College, the Morehouse Atlanta Metro Alumni Chapter, and the National Alumni Association. His legacy of service continues to inspire and guide those who follow in his footsteps.

Dr. Joseph Draper

Dr. Joseph Draper

Morehouse College Class of 1957