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April 18, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
On May 2, the civil and human rights community will honor consumer advocate Martin Eakes with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for his impassioned work as a champion of economic empowerment for women, low-income, rural and minority communities.
April 10, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
On May 2, the civil and human rights community will honor Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President and Executive Director Barbara Arnwine with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for her lifelong dedication to the advancement of civil and human rights for all.
May 8, 2012 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
On May 16, the civil and human rights community will honor Janet Murguía, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), with its highest honor: the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award. NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.
May 2, 2012 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
On May 16, the civil and human rights community will honor Rep. Barney Frank, D. Mass., with its highest honor: the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award.
April 28, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
George Washington University has announced that civil rights champion William L. Taylor’s collection of legal papers, speeches, and historical documents will be housed at its Graduate School of Education and Human Development Gelman Library. Taylor died in June 2010.
March 12, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership ConferenceBlood Done Sign My Name" is a well-researched historical account of the 1970 murder of Henry Marrow, a black Vietnam vet, by three White men. It is also an emotionally charged autobiography of author Timothy Tyson as it intertwines Tyson's coming-of-age experiences and commentary with the story of the hate crime that widened the racial chasm in the town of Oxford, North Carolina.
Amidst the fear, anger, hate, and confusion of the Jim Crow South, "Blood" tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement from Tyson’s perspective as a Southern White man. Tyson's spirited journey to break the "white veil of silence" as well as to penetrate the social "race line" in Oxford delivers a classic portrait of American history in an unforgettable time.
April 15, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
LCCR founders A. Philip Randolph (seated) and Roy Wilkins with Senator Edward Brooke, R. Mass., at a LCCR dinner in the 1970s.
Today is the birth anniversary of civil rights activist and LCCR founder A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979).
Known as one of the greatest Black labor leaders in America, Randolph founded the first African-American-led labor organization chartered by the AFL in 1925 – the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) – to improve the working conditions for porters of the Pullman Company, which was one of the nation's largest employers of Black workers at the time.
It took Randolph 10 years to get BSCP certified as the official representative of the Pullman porters. Two years later, Randolph helped Pullman employees win a collective bargaining agreement with the company that led to pay increases, a shorter work week, and overtime pay.
In addition to his work with BSCP, Randolph led public campaigns to end racial discrimination in the defense industry and called for integration of the military. Threatening a march on Washington of more than 100,000 citizens, Randolph helped convince President Franklin Roosevelt to sign the first federal law promoting equal opportunity, the Fair Employment Act. Issued in 1941, the executive order banned racial discrimination in the defense industry. Randolph's activism was also critical in encouraging President Harry Truman to order an end to segregation in the armed forces in 1948.
December 10, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Leadership Conference President and CEO Wade Henderson shaking hands with other guests at the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights' annual International Human Rights Day program on December 10, 2009.
The Leadership Conference's president and CEO, Wade Henderson, received the Cornelius R. "Neil" Alexander Humanitarian Award today from the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights and the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights for his commitment to advancing the civil and human rights of all Americans.
"The fact that this award commemorates Neil Alexander means a great deal to me. As the human rights commission's chief hearing officer for 20 years, Neil Alexander was a tireless and largely unsung champion of civil and human rights. Our city and the struggle for equal justice benefitted immensely from his legal expertise and his leadership in enforcing the District's human rights law," Henderson said in his acceptance speech.
December 11, 2009 - Posted by Tyler Lewis