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.
Tickets for the 2023 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner Now Available!
Please join us for a night of celebration, history and fun as we honor our 2023 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awardees.
The 2023 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2023 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida in the Valencia Ballroom.
All guests will be required to adhere to the NEA Covid-19 protocols.
Ticket Prices: $100 per seat or $1,000 per table – 10 seats per table.
For additional information about the NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards or questions, please view this website or email [email protected].
The HCR Award Categories featured this year are:
- Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award
- César Chávez Acción y Compromiso Human and Civil Rights Award
- Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Award
- George I. Sánchez Memorial Award
- H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Award (Non-Black)
- Wilma Mankiller Memorial Award
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award
- Mary Hatwood Futrell Award
- Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award
- Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights
Learn more about the 2023 winners!
Latino Center of the Midlands - George I. Sánchez Memorial Award
The Latino Center of the Midlands was organized in 1971 to address concerns about the education of Chicano youth
Alex Red Corn - Wilma Mankiller Memorial Award
Dr. Alex Red Corn is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation who works as an activist, advocate, and university educator in Kansas.
Arlene Inouye - Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Award
An educator, labor leader, activist, and keeper of culture, Arlene Inouye has spent most of her life uplifting the plight and contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders to American society.
Cartier Scott - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award
A Suncoast Community High School math teacher in Riviera Beach, Florida, and a track coach at Keiser University, Mr. Scott is also an active member of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association and the Florida Education Association.
Dirk Andrews - Virginia Uribe Memorial Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights
A passionate NEA director and local union president, Dirk Andrews advocates for a better world for the LGBTQ+ community in Wyoming and across the country daily.
Jeanette Arellano - César Chávez Acción y Compromiso Human and Civil Rights Award
Jeanette Arellano—educator, artist, organizer, and activist—uses her artistic talent to organize groups across racial and ethnic backgrounds to support and empower workers and their families.
Derron C. Cook - Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award
Described as a griot in his community, Derron C. Cook is an art and media educator, local association president, and Black history enthusiast in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana who leads student and community talks in the search and knowledge of Black history.
Grace Mayer - Mary Hatwood Futrell Award
Educator and president of NEA-Santa Fe, New Mexico, Grace Mayer is a relentless fighter and effective organizer.
Hope Restores - Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award
The community-based non-profit Hope Restores works to improve the economic health and wellbeing of community members to improve lives with dignity.
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.
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