The annual NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards is inextricably linked to the 1966 merger of the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Teachers Association (ATA). ATA, which represented Black teachers in segregated schools in the South, traditionally honored leaders in the justice and civil rights movement at an annual awards dinner. This inspirational program was necessary to acknowledge progress in the movement towards justice nationwide, and to uplift positive impacts on the education of students of color. As a new merged Association, the NEA has proudly held to this tradition each year since 1967, celebrating leaders in racial justice, social justice, human and civil rights.
The 2022 Human and Civil Rights Awards while be hosted as a formal and elegant black tie dinner banquet. The health and safety of all of our guests, honorees and participants remains the utmost priority for the organization. Should program changes be required to maintain health and safety, those program changes will be communicated early to all nominators, nominees, award winners and participating guests.
IMPORTANT: We recommend reviewing the 2022 NEA HCR Awards Nomination Form for full information and guidance before completing the online form.
Final nominations applications will be due Monday, January 17, 2022.
The 2021 HCR Awards gala has concluded.
Visit NEAHCRAwards.org to learn more about the event, read about the winners, and watch a recap of the big night!