Ruth M. Batson Social Justice Award 2007

In 2007, Reflection in Action: Building Healthy Communities™ has been honored to have established the Ruth M. Batson Social Justice Award.

Susan Batson: Award Recipient

Susan BatsonThe inaugural award, sculptured by Fay Stevenson-Smith and presented to Susan Batson, the legendary daughter of Ruth M. Batson.

Nicknamed Alchemist, Susan Batson was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the youngest daughter of her parents. She attended the Boston Public Schools and received her undergraduate degree from Boston’s Emerson College. Batson went on to receive a John Hay Whitney Fellowship to study with Lee Strasberg in New York City. Over the years, she has consulted with numerous actors and directors, such as director/producer Spike Lee. She was a producer of the hugely successful Broadway revival (2004) and television production of A Raisin in the Sun (2007 TV), starring Sean Combs.

Ms. Batson wears many hats as founder of Black Nexxus, an acting studio and entertainment development/production company, based in New York and Hollywood. She founded the company with her son, Carl Ford. Ms. Batson has enjoyed the privilege of working with Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, and countless other actors. Many actors, including Nicole Kidman, have found Susan to be an insightful coach who has helped them in their quest for “truthful connections between themselves and the characters they play.” The New Yorker magazine referred to her as a “technician of the spirit.” The actor, writer director, producer, teacher, and coach has always demonstrated the same commitment to helping others reach their highest potential as her distinguished mother, for whom the award is named.