Fredrick “Fred” Prejean, Sr.
2020 Lafayette Civic Cup Recipient

In recognition of a lifetime of activism and community service, Fredrick “Fred” Prejean, Sr. has been selected as the Lafayette Civic Cup recipient for 2020.

The 2020 Lafayette Civic Cup award dinner will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. Tickets are $75 per person. Seating will be limited and COVID-compliant. To make a reservation, you can call Priscilla at the Petroleum Club, 337.232.2582 Ext. 0. Online reservations are not available.

Prejean is president of Move the Mindset, an organization committed to promoting racial and social justice in Lafayette. The group was founded in 2016 and has successfully advocated for the removal of the Alfred Mouton statue in Downtown Lafayette.

Born and raised in Lafayette, Prejean attended Holy Rosary Institute. At age 17, he traveled to the 1963 March on Washington and witnessed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. This experience would inform the rest of his life. He then enrolled at Southern University, where he became one of the leaders of a peaceful demonstration when the state legislature was considering its closure to desegregate higher education institutions. He graduated in 1974 with a degree in accounting and business management.

“We are thrilled to announce Fred Prejean as our 2020 Civic Cup honoree,” says Dr. Paul Azar, president of the Lafayette Civic Cup Committee. “This award is about leadership, innovation and the desire to make Lafayette better. We also need people that can bring people together, and we believe Fred Prejean has all of those qualities and more.”

Prejean’s community activism spans more than 50 years. He trained as a community organizer with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Congress of Racial Equality. His work through Southern Consumers Cooperative helped black entrepreneurs launch startup businesses.

He has also served the community as the committee chairperson for the Heymann Scholarship Academic Awards, chairperson of the Lafayette Planning and Zoning Commission, a member of the Holy Rosary Institute Restoration Committee and a member of the Lafayette chapter of the NAACP and the Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce. The McComb-Veazey and Freetown-Port Rico neighborhood organizations formed during his tenure with planning and zoning.

“Throughout his pathway to public service, when faced with controversial social challenges, Mr. Prejean would always emerge as the leader that provided intelligent analysis and constructive, strategic engagement that always led to positive results,” says Greg Davis, 2005 Civic Cup honoree.

Prejean also served as undersecretary at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and retired in 2012 as president of consulting firm Empire Management Inc. During his retirement, Prejean has worked through Move the Mindset to educate residents, form partnerships and collaborate with the Equal Justice Initiative.

The Civic Cup dates back to 1933 when entrepreneur and Lafayette Mardi Gras founder Maurice Heymann was awarded the first cup. Subsequent recipients have included Edith Garland Dupre, Jewell Lowe, Dr. Paul Azar, Ed Abel, Paul Hilliard, Dr. Mary Neiheisel, Richard Zuschlag, Madlyn Hilliard, Hank Perret and last year’s winner, Jerry K. Greig.

Lafayette Civic Cup is an event of Community Foundation of Acadiana. (Photographer: Scott Clause)

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Past Lafayette Civic Cup Honorees

1933 Maurice Heymann
1934 T.M. Callahan
1935 F.E. Davis
1936 Dr. L.O. Clark
1937 Gaston Hebert
1938 Dr. Joel L. Fletcher
1939 Inez Neyland
1940 R.H. Martin
1941 Edith Garland Dupre
1942 A.M. Bujard
1943 J.J. Davidson, Jr.
1944 Gus Trahan
1945 J.J. Fournet
1946 Paul Kurzweg
1947 Mr. & Mrs. W.H. Chiquelin
1948 J.W. Simon, Jr.
1949 Burl Logan
1950 M. Lartigue “Tigue” Moore, Jr.
1951 J.C. Chargois
1952 L.J. Dore
1953 Felix Kurtz
1954 E.J. Chatelain
1955 Ernest A. Landry
1956 Sidney C. Ory
1957 Paul Blanchet
1958 Henry Busch
1959 Dr. Frank H. Davis, Sr.
1960 Herbert Heymann
1961 Gordon Hilton
1962 Frem Boustany
1963 Walter Schroeder
1964 Edward Abdalla
1965 Judge Kaliste Saloom, Jr.
1966 J.J. Gajan
1967 Albert “Mickey” Domingue
1968 D.S. Shine Young
1969 Richard D’Aquin
1970 Jewell Lowe
1971 Alex Sterling
1972 J.Y. Foreman
1973 Robert Decoux
1974 Louis Mann
1975 Jack Scarbrock

1976 Leon Moncla
1977 Jules Menou Arceneaux
1978 Granvel Salmon
1979 George Crouchet, Jr.
1980 Herbert Abdalla
1981 J. Rayburn Bertrand
1982 James Ardoin
1983 C.O. Theriot, Jr.
1984 Mario Mamalakis
1985 Msgr. Alexander Sigur
1986 Paul Fournet
1987 Doug Ashy
1988 Alfred Lamson
1989 E. Glynn Abel
1991 Dr. Ray Authement
1992 William “Bill” Patton
1993 J. Hubert “Red” Dumesnil
1994 Louis Michot
1995 Edward Abell, Jr
1996 Richard Zuschlag
1997 Virginia Yongue
1998 Robert Trahan
1999 Bill Fenstermaker
2000 Dr. Jean T. Kreamer
2001 Madlyn Boustany Hilliard
2002 Matthew Stuller
2003 Paul Hilliard
2004 Clive “Rusty” Cloutier
2005 Greg Davis
2006 John J. Burdin, Jr.
2007 James Prince
2008 Ann Knight
2009 Dr. Paul Azar, Jr.
2010 Gary McGoffin
2011 Robert D. “Bob” Lowe
2012 Dwight S. “Bo” Ramsay
2013 Red Lerille
2014 Kevin Moody
2015 Henry C. “Hank” Perret, Jr.
2016 Clay M. Allen
2017 Dr. Mary Neiheisel
2018 Randy Haynie
2019 Jerome "Jerry" K. Greig
2020 Fredrick “Fred” Prejean, Sr.

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