Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner

Our Annual Dinner

2019 Civil and Human Rights Coalition Humphrey Dinner Celebrates Fight to Protect Democracy and Honors Champions of Social Justice

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.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, we hosted our 69th annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner in the company of more than one thousand friends and champions of social justice at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, D.C. Next year’s dinner will mark the 70th anniversary of the organization.

The event’s most poignant moment came at the presentation of The Leadership Conference’s highest honor, the Humphrey award, upon the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. A pastor and social justice advocate, Rev. Barber is a consequential and moral voice advocating on many issues that are core to the civil rights movement, including voting rights, redistricting, fair labor, and women’s rights.

The Chairperson’s award honored another celebrated leader for equal rights, Chad Griffin, the outgoing president of the Human Rights Campaign. As President of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, Griffin has helped build HRC into a political powerhouse capable of winning not only hearts and minds, but elections too.

The event’s honorary dinner chair was Judith L. Lichtman, chair of The Leadership Conference Board. Dinner co-chairs AirBnB and Bank of America, as well as UPS and JPMorgan Chase & Co, who underwrote receptions at the event, offered remarks and acknowledgements for the organization’s nationwide impact.

With the impetus to reach and interface with new audiences, at the dinner, Gupta announced The Leadership Conference’s podcast, “Pod for the Cause,” hosted by Ashley Allison, executive vice president of campaigns and programs at the organization  Gupta also announced a revamped Civil Rights Monitor newsletter and website for the organization.

View highlight clips of our speakers’ remarks.
Watch: Vanita Gupta’s highlight clip
Watch: Chad Griffin’s highlight clip
Watch: Dr. Reverend Barber’s highlight clip





Vanita Gupta speaks at the Humphrey dinner (photo credit: Circa Life Images)






Chad Griffin speaks at the Humphrey dinner (photo credit: Circa Life Images)


Rev. Barber speaks at the Humphrey dinner (photo credit: Sharon Farmer)


You can watch a recap of the evening here.


Sponsorship Opportunities

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Cocktail reception, The Leadership Conference

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cocktail reception, staff, The Leadership Conference

Contact Us

For more information about our annual dinner or if you are interested in serving as a sponsor, please contact Gabrielle Sherb, VP of Development: [email protected] or 202.973.8004 by Friday, May 10th.

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