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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

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. 
Washington, DC

The Education Fund Reception sponsored by UPS®, 5:30 p.m.
Humphrey Award Dinner, 7:00 p.m.
Business Attire

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For questions, please contact Kat Milligan at (202) 466-3646.

Hubert H. Humphrey

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.

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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

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