Clark Durant, co-founder and CEO of Cornerstone Schools in Detroit, was honored in Atlanta, Ga., for his work surrounding justice in Detroit education during the Millennium Candler Prize Gala.
The gala, hosted as part of civil rights leader ambassador Andrew Young’s 90th birthday, celebrated the theme of peace and reconciliation and coincided with the grand opening of the Millennium Gate Museum’s exhibition: “The Many Lives of Andrew Young.” The exhibition includes a mural designed by Detroit-based Franco that depicts Young’s influence on Cornerstone students and features several Cornerstone alumni.
Last year Cornerstone launched its Andrew J. Young Cornerstone Center for the Complete Life and marked a major step forward in Durant’s goal of preparing each Cornerstone student to live the Complete Life, a concept originated by another Cornerstone namesake, Martin Luther King Jr.
“The success of Cornerstone Schools has been thirty years in the making. I’m proud that today, with help from our amazing partners including Ambassador Young, we have made tremendous strides towards preparing the next generation of leaders in Detroit and beyond,” says Durant. “It was truly an honor to be recognized for Cornerstone’s work during the celebration of my friend, Ambassador Andrew Young.”
Under Durant’s leadership, Cornerstone has formed a mission-minded team dedicated to helping students live their best lives through education, a foundation of strong character, meaningful relationships, and real-world experiences.