Benjamin L. Hooks
For 15 years Benjamin L. Hooks presided over America’s largest and most influential organization for African Americans, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Patrisha A. Wright
Wright, a top advocate for the disabilities civil rights movement successfully halted the deregulation of Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Education for all Handicapped Children Act, and the most important of her achievements being the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Executive assistant to Lane Kirkland, the president of the AFL-CIO, Young was previously director of AFL-CIO’s legislative department. He worked as an organizer, an editor, a researcher and a labor educator in a career in the labor movement that spanned 40 years.