2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner

Media 05.30.17

The 37th annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner was held on May 2, 2013, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, May 2, 2013, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 social justice organizations, will came together for the 37th annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner at the Washington Hilton.

The Humphrey Award, the social justice community’s highest honor, is presented annually to outstanding individuals who best exemplify Senator Humphrey’s “selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality” – an honor roll, which, over the years, has included President William Clinton; Representative John Lewis; Senator Patrick Leahy; Representative Connie Morella; Senator Tom Daschle; civil rights champion Dr. Dorothy Height; disability advocate Tammy Duckworth; director Steven Spielberg; actor and activist Danny Glover; FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair; and labor leader Dolores Huerta, among others.

The year’s largest gathering of the civil and human rights community, the dinner brings together a who’s who in social justice – members of the Executive Branch, both houses of Congress, business leaders, educators, civil and human rights leaders, and the next generation of social justice advocates.

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, has been a longstanding national spokesperson for civil and human rights advocacy. A major contributor to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, she is a leading voice in current election protection efforts, racial equity, women’s rights and criminal justice, and issues of equality across the social justice landscape. Her capacity for viewing traditional civil rights issues through a human rights lens has helped frame social justice advocacy in the 21st century and has contributed greatly to charting the course for The Leadership Conference’s central position at the intersection of civil and human rights. A member of The Leadership Conference’s Executive Committee, Barbara has been one of the principal architects of coalition’s efforts on equality and equal opportunity.

Martin Eakes is the co-founder and CEO of Self-Help, a cluster of national nonprofits based in North Carolina with offices in California, Washington, D.C., and Illinois, providing consumer financial services, technical support and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream. He has been a champion of economic empowerment for women, low-income, rural and minority communities and has worked throughout his career to ensure that all Americans have equal access to the American Dream. Speaking out against predatory lending practices, Martin has amplified the voices of marginalized, underserved communities, and amid the current fiscal crisis, he is highly regarded as a leading national advocate for fair lending practices and sound economic policy. Through Self-Help’s Center for Responsible Lending, he has led the fight for state and federal policies that are helping to fulfill our nation’s promise of equality and equal opportunity.

Hubert H. Humphrey

Hubert H. Humphrey

Hubert Humphrey’s deep commitment and dedication to social justice are legendary. He devoted his life to public service in the cause of equality. Elected mayor of Minneapolis in 1945, he quickly ascended to the national political scene. Addressing racial discrimination and anti-Semitism in Minneapolis in 1948, he was responsible for the city enacting the nation’s first municipal fair employment legislation. That same year, amid fierce debate on the direction of civil rights, he delivered a fiery speech at the Democratic National Convention and spurred the Democratic Party to add a civil rights plank to their platform. From 1949-1964, he served from Minnesota as one of the nation’s most distinguished U.S. senators and was pivotal in the enactment of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, calling its passage “one of the landmarks of my life.” Elected vice president of the United States in 1964, Hubert Humphrey continued his selfless advocacy for equality in a free, plural and democratic society. In 1971, Humphrey resumed his senatorial career. In 1974, he introduced the ambitious Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and National Growth bill, the first attempt at full employment legislation, which eventually passed after his death in 1978. This final legislative achievement stood as a symbol of Humphrey’s undying commitment to “the humanitarian goals of the New Deal.

As a testament to his exemplary leadership on civil and human rights, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award was established by The Leadership Conference in 1977.

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