Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner
On Thursday, May 15, 2014, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 social justice organizations, will come together for the 38th annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner at the Washington Hilton.
The Humphrey Award, the social justice community's highest honor, is presented annually to outstanding individuals who best exemplify Senator Humphrey's "selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality" – an honor roll, which, over the years, has included President William Clinton; Representative John Lewis; Senator Patrick Leahy; Representative Connie Morella; Senator Tom Daschle; civil rights champions Dr. Dorothy Height and Barbara Arnwine; disability advocate Tammy Duckworth; director Steven Spielberg; actor and activist Danny Glover; consumer protection advocate Martin Eakes, FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair; and labor leader Dolores Huerta, among others.
The year's largest gathering of the civil and human rights community, the dinner brings together a who's who in social justice - members of the Executive Branch, both houses of Congress, business leaders, educators, civil and human rights leaders, and the next generation of social justice advocates.
|Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has been a tireless voice for equality and equal opportunity. Throughout 10 years in the House of Representatives, three decades in the Senate, and in his current role as chair of the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, he has been a steadfast champion for civil and human rights. He was the principal sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which has become known as the “Emancipation Proclamation for people with disabilities.” He is a strong voice for workers’ rights, has worked to protect the middle class and those at the bottom of the economic ladder, promoted access to quality education for all children and quality, affordable health care for all Americans.|
Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, representing teachers, higher education faculty and staff, health care professionals and other school-related local, state and government employees. In her current role, as well as her previous responsibilities as president of New York's United Federation of Teachers, she has been held in the highest regard as a labor leader, attorney and educator and has led efforts to make education reform a front-burner issue on national and union agendas. Randi has been a leading voice in dialogue among parents, teachers, community partners and public officials regarding equal access to quality education. Randi also plays a critical role in the coalition as a member of the board of The Leadership Conference.
|Eliseo Medina is one of the nation's most ardent and successful labor organizers and an expert at building diverse coalitions among local community and national partners. As a longstanding voice for social and economic justice for the United Farm Workers, and in his executive leadership roles at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), he has stood at the vanguard of struggles for just wages, workers' rights, voting rights and access to health care. Eliseo’s leadership and impassioned engagement in the "Fast for Families" reflect his steadfast commitment to advancing immigration reform that protects civil and human rights and his dedication to charting commonsense pathways to citizenship.|
The 38th annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner will be held on May 15, 2014, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue N.W.
The Education Fund Reception sponsored by UPS®, 5:30 p.m.
Humphrey Award Dinner, 7:00 p.m.
Reserve your seat at the table today!
For questions, please contact Kat Milligan at (202) 466-3646.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Hubert Humphrey's deep commitment and dedication to social justice are legendary. He devoted his life to public service in the cause of equality. Elected mayor of Minneapolis in 1945, he quickly ascended to the national political scene. Addressing racial discrimination and anti-Semitism in Minneapolis in 1948, he was responsible for the city enacting the nation's first municipal fair employment legislation. That same year, amid fierce debate on the direction of civil rights, he delivered a fiery speech at the Democratic National Convention and spurred the Democratic Party to add a civil rights plank to their platform. From 1949-1964, he served from Minnesota as one of the nation's most distinguished U.S. senators and was pivotal in the enactment of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, calling its passage "one of the landmarks of my life." Elected vice president of the United States in 1964, Hubert Humphrey continued his selfless advocacy for equality in a free, plural and democratic society. In 1971, Humphrey resumed his senatorial career. In 1974, he introduced the ambitious Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and National Growth bill, the first attempt at full employment legislation, which eventually passed after his death in 1978. This final legislative achievement stood as a symbol of Humphrey's undying commitment to "the humanitarian goals of the New Deal.
As a testament to his exemplary leadership on civil and human rights, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award was established by The Leadership Conference in 1977.
Videos of Previous Honorees
Previous Honorees & Dinner Highlights
- 2013 Dinner
- Barbara Arnwine and Martin Eakes
- 2012 Dinner
- Rep. Barney Frank and Janet Murguía
- 2011 Dinner
- Richard Trumka, Shirley Sherrod, and Joe Solmonese
- 2010 Dinner
- Sen. Patrick Leahy, Karen Narasaki, Gara LaMarche, and Harry Belafonte
- 2009 Dinner
- Sheila Bair and Van Jones
- 2008 Dinner
- The Honorable John Conyers, Jr., Patricia Rouse, and Soledad O'Brien
- 2007 Dinner
- William J. Clinton, Dr. John Hope Franklin, and L. Tammy Duckworth
- 2006 Dinner
- The Film "Crash" and Monica Lozano
- 2005 Dinner
- Julian Bond, Tom Daschle, and Ginny Thornburgh
- 2004 Dinner
- Tom Joyner, Gerald McEntee, and the Honorable Connie Morella
- 2003 Dinner
- The Honorable John Lewis, Northwestern University's Medill Innocence Project, The Center on Wrongful Convictions, and the Sesame Workshop
- 2002 Dinner
- Danny Glover, Elizabeth Birch, and David Saperstein
- 2001 Dinner
- Maya Lin, Franklin D. Raines, and William L. Taylor
- 2000 Dinner
- Vernon E. Jordan Jr., Judith L. Lichtman, Wilma Mankiller, Edward James Olmos, and John J. Sweeney
- 1999 Dinner
- Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis, Governor Gary Locke, and Jeannie VanVelkinburgh
- 1998 Dinner
- Debbie Allen, the Honorable Bob Lanier, and Steven Spielberg
- 1997 Dinner
- Tipper Gore and Dolores Huerta
- 1996 Dinner
- Myrlie Evers-Williams, the Honorable Kweisi Mfume, , and the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta
- 1995 Dinner
- Ralph G. Neas Jr.
- 1994 Dinner
- The Honorable Henry Cisneros, the Honorable Hamilton Fish Jr., and Elaine R. Jones
- 1993 Dinner
- Justin Dart Jr., Dr. Dorothy I. Height, and Raul Yzaguirre
- 1992 Dinner
- Benjamin L. Hooks, Patrisha A. Wright, and Kenneth Young
- 1991 Dinner
- William T. Coleman Jr., Antonia Hernandez, and Dick Warden
- 1990 Dinner
- The Honorable Augustus Hawkins
- 1989 Dinner
- The Honorable Barbara Jordan, and the Honorable Lowell P. Weicker Jr.
- 1988 Dinner
- Ellen Goodman and the Honorable Edward M. Kennedy
- 1987 Dinner
- Herbert L. Block, James Farmer, and Wiley Branton
- 1986 Dinner
- Dr. Mary Frances Berry, the Honorable Charles McC. Mathias Jr., and the Honorable Parren Mitchell
- 1985 Dinner
- Arnold Aronson, Marian Wright Edelman, J.C. Turner, and Willie Velasquez
- 1984 Dinner
- Joseph L. Rauh Jr.
- 1983 Dinner
- Douglas Fraser and Rosina Tucker
- 1982 Dinner
- The Honorable Don Edwards and Arthur S. Flemming
- 1981 Dinner
- AFL-CIO and Lane Kirkland
- 1980 Dinner
- George Meany and Clarence M. Mitchell Jr.
- 1979 Dinner
- Andrew Biemiller and the Rev. Msgr. George Higgins
- 1978 Dinner
- The Honorable Edward W. Brooke, and the Honorable Peter Rodino
- 1977 Dinner
- The Honorable Philip Hart