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56th Annual NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner Speaking The Truth, Standing In Our Power

NEA’s tradition of honoring human and civil rights leaders is steeped in history. A tradition that began with the American Teachers Association.

The 2024 NEA HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS AWARDS Nomination Cycle has begun!


Do your part to identify, uplift and nominate exemplary individuals, organizations, and affiliates to honor at the 2024 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards in Philadelphia, PA! Submit a nomination!

The official 2024 HCR Awards Online Nomination application and step-by-step submission instructions are available now! 

Submit a Nomination Form

The 2024 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Nomination cycle has been extended! The online nomination form has reopened on Monday, January 8, 2024. The new deadline is Friday, January 19, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EST. All additional nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST. *Please note: All nominations successfully submitted between October - December 2023 (with the original deadline of Friday, December 8, 2023) are being considered for the 2024 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards.

For additional information about the NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards or questions, please view this website or email [email protected].

Biographies of the 2023 HCR award winners are available below.

The 2024 HCR Award Categories featured this year for nominations are:

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About the Awards

NEA’s annual tradition of honoring human and civil rights champions is rooted and grounded in the historical legacy of the NEA-ATA merger.
National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.