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NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Program

NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Program


We look forward to having you at the 2017 Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner -- 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 1, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC).  The theme of this year's dinner will be "Living the Legacy: After 50 Years, Still We Rise".

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here on this site.


Every year, since 1967, NEA has honored human and civil rights heroes at a black-tie awards dinner. And every year, those heroes have inspired us.

This celebration is inextricably linked to NEA's 1966 merger with the American Teachers Association (ATA). ATA represented Black teachers in segregated schools, and for many years, it held a human and civil rights awards dinner. After the merger, NEA proudly carried on the tradition.

We honor our past and rededicate ourselves to the unfinished task of creating a just society. We owe it to the children and young people we educate. And we believe, as did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that people of conscience, acting together, can achieve "justice for all." 


2017 Human & Civil Rights Award Winners

Award Category

 

Award Recipient

 

Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award

 

Michael Joseph Franklin - Tennessee

Bio


 

Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award

 

Delbert Richardson - Washington

Bio


César Chávez Acción y Compromiso Human and Civil Rights Award

 

Migrant Justice  - Vermont  

Bio

 


Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Award

 

Kent Wong - California

Bio

 


 

George I. Sánchez Memorial Award

 

 

Latino Peace Officers Association - Nebraska

Bio


H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Award (Non-Black)

 

Dr. Veronica C. Garcia - New Mexico

        Bio         

 


Leo Reano Memorial Award

 

L. Martin “Marty” Meeden - California

Bio         

  


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award

 

Dr. Lenworth Alburn Gunther - New Jersey   

Bio        

 


Mary Hatwood Futrell Award

 

Senator Tammy Baldwin - Wisconsin  

Bio        

 


Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award

 

Wendy Mercec - Tennessee           

Bio 

 


Rosena J. Willis Memorial Award (State)  

The Illinois Education Association - Illinois

Bio 

 


Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights

Jim Obergefell - Washington, DC 

Bio         

 



 

2017 AWARDS DINNER INFORMATIONAL LINKS   

 


AWARD WINNERS 


2017 CONFERENCE ON RACIAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE LINKS

 


HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES 

 

 

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