City of Lincoln
2008 Media Releases
The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award. The award was established in 2000 to recognize outstanding achievements in furthering human rights and relations in the City of Lincoln. In 2003, the award was renamed to honor and remember Mr. Henderson, first director of the LCHR and a long-time civil rights activist. The award will be presented in November.
Nominations are due by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 22. Individuals can get the nomination forms four ways:
Nominees will be judged on their achievements in improving human rights based on activities implemented, services performed or programs operated in the City of Lincoln. Previous winners have been Dan Williams; Cecilia Olivarez Huerta; Josť Soto and the Division of Affirmative Action, Equity and Diversity at Southeast Community College; Milo Mumgaard and the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, Inc.; Judi M. gaiashkibos, Nebraska Indian Commission; Florine Joseph; and Beatty Brasch, the Center for People in Need.
The Human Rights Commission is the primary City agency responsible for the resolution of discrimination complaints brought by individuals. LCHR serves as the civil rights law enforcement agency for Lincoln. The Commission also provides community education and technical assistance in order for people to know and understand their rights and responsibilities under law.