Sam Johnson Volunteer of the Year

Q.A. Shakoor, II

Introduced by: H. Fisk Johnson, Chairman & CEO, SC Johnson

In 1995, this Award was created to recognize individuals who, through their efforts, have made a significant impact in Racine County. RCEDC was honored in 2005 when the Johnson Family agreed to rename the award after Sam Johnson.

Honoring over four decades of volunteer service in Racine County and adding to a seemingly endless resume of community recognition, this year’s Sam Johnson Volunteer of the Year goes to Q.A. Shakoor, II (known around the community as Q).

As a lifelong Racine County resident (66 years), Q graduated from Washington Park high School. He continued his education locally at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and Gateway Technical College, where he studied Marketing and Materials Management.

Q’s relentless passion for community development came to light in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Q led the revitalization efforts of the West 6th Street Association, which brought together business owners, community leaders and citizens to improve the quality of life in Racine’s West 6th Street District. This collaborative effort led to a 94% decrease in major crime.

“A leader must have a social conscience, an interest in the surrounding community, both within and outside the company.”
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Sam Johnson
1928 - 2004
q.a. shakoor II
To be nominated for the Sam Johnson Volunteer of the Year is not only an honor in the highest of standards, but it allows me to shine a light on the programs, initiatives and citizens helping to make Racine County a better place.

Q.A. Shakoor, II

Around the same time, Q organized the Scout Troop & Pack 181, through Wayman AME Church. This initiative united 120 youth and 14 adult volunteers, as well as produced the first African American Eagle Scout in Racine County in 38 years.

Q’s commitment to improving the quality of life in Racine County extended into several leadership roles, including the City of Racine Alderman for District 8 and Racine County Supervisor for District 6. Q was the first person to hold a seat on both the City and County board. Also, he is the only person to chair the City and County Finance Committee at the same time, along with being on executive board for both the City and the County.

More than anything, Q takes immense pride in being known as a family-man. His genuine spirit and authentic concern for improving humanity are just some of the reasons, Q.A Shakoor, II is this year’s Sam Johnson Volunteer of the Year.

Jack Uldrich – Business as unusual