Rev. Janet Goodman-Banks was presented the Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award at the 2010 Civil Rights Conference in Lincoln on April 21. The Henderson Award, named after the Lincoln Human Rights Commission's first director, is given to a person who epitomizes the commitment and resolve that Mr. Henderson displayed in seeking equal opportunity and justice for all.
Rev. Goodman-Banks is the Executive Pastor of The Reach Out Christian Center, CEO of the "Women in the City" ministry, a foster parent for Christian Heritage and a tireless advocate of health care for all. She was recently appointed to the Mayor's Multicultural Advisory Board.
"Janet Goodman-Banks has been a tireless advocate for many causes in our community," said Larry Williams, Executive Director for the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR). "She has a genuine passion for people in need. Her nursing experience, kind heart and tremendous interpersonal skills make her a natural leader and friend for those who are less fortunate."
LCHR is the primary city agency responsible for the resolution of discrimination complaints brought by individuals and serves as the civil rights law enforcement agency for Lincoln. The Commission also provides diversity education, conducts outreach, and offers technical assistance in order to foster more inclusive community relations.
More information on LCHR can be found on the City website at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: rights).