ADVISORY: Civil and Human Rights Coalition to Honor Rev. William Barber, Chad Griffin

Media 05.2,19

Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – On May 15, at 6:30 p.m. ET, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will host its annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner. The civil rights coalition will bestow its highest honor, the Humphrey award, upon the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, and will present the Chairperson’s award to Chad Griffin, the outgoing president of the Human Rights Campaign, during the dinner.

This year’s theme, “We Are Democracy,” highlights the critical work of the diverse civil and human rights coalition to advance justice, inclusion, and opportunity in America. The evening will be emceed by the longest running female network anchor in the United States, María Elena Salinas.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner is the largest annual gathering of the civil and human rights community, bringing together noted advocates and leaders in the executive branch, Congress, business, education, and civil and human rights organizations. Named after Senator and former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, the dinner honors the legacy of a civil and human rights champion who exemplified selfless and devoted service in the fight for equality.

Media Access

Press access is limited and will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Please note that TV camera space is extremely limited. The deadline to request satellite truck parking has passed. Throw is roughly 100 feet.

Requests for media access can be emailed to Kenny Yi ([email protected]), and should include name, outlet, and position (pencil, still photographer, or TV camera).

Read more about the 2019 dinner, including speaker bios and ticket purchase options, at Follow the conversation at #WeAreDemocracy2019.

WHAT:          The 2019 Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner


  • Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair, the Poor People’s Campaign
  • Chad Griffin, president, Human Rights Campaign
  • Vanita Gupta, president and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 15, 2019
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program
(reporters should be in position by 6:15 p.m.)


Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit