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NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Program

NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Program


Every year, since 1967, NEA has honored human and civil rights heroes at it’s historical Human and Civil Rights Awards. Formerly hosted as a black-tie awards dinner, the format changed to an elegant Awards show ceremony,  extending the program to a larger audience of educators and community.  

The annual NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards is inextricably linked to the 1966 merger of the National Education Association and the American Teachers Association (ATA). ATA, which represented Black teachers in segregated schools, traditionally honored leaders in the justice and civil rights movement at an annual awards dinner. As a new merged Association, the NEA has proudly held to this tradition each year, celebrating leaders in racial justice, social justice, human and civil rights.

Each year, educator’s from across the globe nominate human and civil rights champions from their local communities, states and/or those more widely recognized to be honored on a national stage by their Association.

We honor our past and rededicate ourselves to the unfinished task of creating a just society. We owe it to the children and young people we educate. And we believe, as did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that people of conscience, acting together, can achieve "justice for all." 


2018 Human & Civil Rights Award Winners

 

Award Category

 

Award Recipient

     

 

César Chávez Acción y Compromiso Human and Civil Rights Award

 

Rodney Ellis  - North Carolina 

Bio 


Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Award  

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)  - Washington, DC

Bio 


George I. Sánchez Memorial Award

 

 

Lynnette Jimenez - Ohio

Bio


H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Award (Black)

 

Dr. Cecil Canton - California

Bio  


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award

 

Dr. Lonnie Bunch - Washington, DC    

Bio      


Mary Hatwood Futrell Award

 

Michelle Obama - Washington, DC  

Bio   


Presidents Award   Colin Kaepernick - Know Your Rights - California and New York

Bio


Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award

 

Michael Harman (NEA Board Member) - Utah           

Bio  


Rosa Parks Memorial Award   Jitu Brown - Illinois

Bio


Rosena J. Willis Memorial Award (Local Affiliate)  

Milwaukee Teachers Education Association - Wisconsin

Bio   


Suanne Big Crow Award  

Muslim Girls Making Change - Vermont

Bio


Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights  

Chris Sgro - Washington, DC

Bio      



2019 AWARDS DINNER INFORMATIONAL LINKS   


AWARD WINNERS 


2018 CONFERENCE ON RACIAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE LINKS


HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES 

 

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