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2013 HCR Awards Categories & Nomination Forms

This is your invitation to participate in the 2013 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner. You are invited to help us —

  • Keep alive the spirit of the American Teachers Association
  • Honor individuals and affiliates for their human and civil rights contributions
  • Celebrate NEA’s multicultural roots
  • Recharge ourselves for the struggle ahead.

Don’t just attend the dinner. Get involved by nominating someone (or some organization) for an award. We are looking for individuals, including colleagues, or groups, including affiliates, that have advanced the cause of civil rights. We honor civil rights heroes because the cause endures, the struggle goes on and hope still lives.





Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award

Irvamae Applegate (1920-1973) served as 1966-77 NEA president and as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession (now Education International). Sidney Dorros (1925-1993) was the staff consultant to the NEA Bicentennial Committee.

NEA presents the Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award to an NEA member, NEA local affiliate, and/or NEA state affiliate whose activities in education contribute to international understanding and motivate youth to work for world peace. (download nomination form)

 

Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award

Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), a scholar and historian, founded the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, published books and journals about Black history, and initiated what is now Black History Month. He is known as the father of Black history.

NEA jointly presents the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award with the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. The award is presented to an individual, NEA affiliate, or institution whose activities in Black affairs significantly impact education and the achievement of equal opportunity. (download nomination form)




César Chávez Acción y Compromiso Human and Civil Rights Award

César Chávez (1927-1993), revered in the labor and civil rights movements, inspired thousands of farm workers to unionize for dignity and attain contracts that would give them livable wages and working conditions. Against great odds, he established the United Farm Workers of America and used the strike (la huelga), the boycott, and fasting to gain better life for oppressed workers. Although he initially organized Mexican American workers in the Southwest, Chávez later expanded the movement to involve other ethnic groups.

NEA presents the César Chávez Acción y Compromiso Human and Civil Rights Award to a nominee who follows in the exemplary footsteps of César Chávez in philosophy, work, and leadership. (download nomination form)

 

Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Award

Ellison S. Onizuka (1946-1986) was a Japanese American aerospace engineer. The first Asian/Pacific Islander chosen by NASA for the astronaut program,Onizuka served as a mission specialist on the space shuttle Challenger, which exploded on January 28, 1986, killing all aboard. Onizuka credited Hawaii’s public schools for steering him toward a career as an astronaut, and he often visited those schools to encourage students to set goals and work hard to achieve them.

NEA presents the Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Award to a nominee whose activities in Asian and Pacific Islander affairs significantly impact education and the achievement of equal opportunity for Asians and Pacific Islanders. (download nomination form)

 

George I. Sánchez Memorial Award

George I. Sánchez (1906-1972) was an educator, historian, and author in the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. He devoted 50 years of his life to the education of Mexican, Navajo, and Black children and is known as the "father of the movement for quality education for Mexican Americans."

NEA presents the George I. Sánchez Memorial Award to a nominee whose activities in Hispanic affairs significantly impact education and the achievement of equal opportunity for Hispanics. (download nomination form)




H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Award (Non-Black) 

Harper Councill Trenholm (1900-1963) served for 21 years as executive secretary of the American Teachers Association (ATA). One of the country’s most outstanding Black educators, he helped build ATA’s numbers and strength and worked for the merger of ATA and NEA.

NEA presents two H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Awards, one to a Black educator and one to a non-Black educator. (download nomination form)

 

Leo Reano Memorial Award

Leo Reano (1922-1971) was a teacher, artist, and interpreter. A member of the Santo Domingo Indian Pueblo, Reano served on the All Indian Pueblo Council andthe NEA Council on Human Relations. He dedicated his life to securing educational opportunities for American Indian/Alaska Native children.

NEA presents the Leo Reano Memorial Award to a nominee whose activities in American Indian/Alaska Native affairs significantly impact education and the achievement of equal opportunity for American Indians/Alaska Natives. (download nomination form)

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award

Martin Luther King, Jr., (1929-1968) led the American civil rights movement that broke the shackles of segregation. By applying what is now known as the Kingian method of nonviolence, he stirred the conscience of the nation, helped enact civil rights laws, and opened pathways of hope to Americans of all races and groups.

NEA presents the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Award to a nominee who emulates Dr. King in leadership and philosophy. (download nomination form)

 

Mary Hatwood Futrell Award

Mary Hatwood Futrell increased national awareness of the Equal Rights Amendment during her presidency of ERAmerica. She also made NEA a leading champion of women’s rights during her three terms as NEA president. During her presidency of Education International and deanship at George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, she also advanced the cause of women’s rights.

NEA presents the Mary Hatwood Futrell Award to a nominee whose activities in women’s rights significantly impact education and the achievement of equal opportunity for women and girls. (download nomination form)

 

Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award

As a classroom teacher for more than 30 years, Reg Weaver saw the toll poverty takes on students. He saw students without coats in the dead of winter; students who showed up for school hungry; students without basic school supplies, not even a pencil. He saw poverty's negative impact on student learning. What’s more, Reg Weaver was famous for dipping into his own pocket to buy a student a coat, a meal, or supplies. And when Reg Weaver became President of the Illinois Education Association-NEA, and then President of NEA, he kept the spotlight on the plight of poor students.

NEA presents the Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award to a nominee whose activities around closing the poverty gaps for children in America and around the world have made a significant impact in helping poor students and eliminating poverty. (download nomination form)

 

Rosena J. Willis Memorial Award (State Affiliate)

Rosena J. Willis (1926-1970) was one of the original displaced Black teachers after her school district closed rather than desegregate its public schools. Joining the NEA staff, she worked to implement the American Teachers Association merger with NEA at the state level. In addition, she helped NEA state and local affiliates develop programs to ensure the inclusion of ethnic and racial minority members in the work and leadership of the association.

NEA presents two Rosena J. Willis Memorial Awards to NEA affiliates that have the most effective or improved human and civil rights programs, work that is considered above and beyond the call of duty. The state affiliate award is presented in odd-numbered years, and the local affiliate award in even-numbered years. (download nomination form)




Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights

Virginia Uribe was a high school teacher and counselor and a leader in the movement to improve the lives of gay and lesbian youth. In 1984, she founded California’s Project 10, the first school-based dropout prevention program for students facing sexual orientation discrimination and harassment.

NEA presents the Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights to a nominee whose activities in human rights significantly impact education and the achievement of equal opportunity for those facing discrimination due to their sexual orientation. (download nomination form)

 

All nominations must be postmarked by Monday, December 10, 2012.


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