The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award. The award will be presented at the annual Civil Rights Conference Wednesday, April 29 at the Holiday Inn Downtown.
The Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award was established by the LCHR in 2000. It was renamed in 2003 to honor Henderson, the first director of the LCHR and a long-time civil rights activist. This year, the Fair Housing Award will be combined with the Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award to recognize the efforts of individuals and agencies inside and outside the City of Lincoln for their human rights advocacy. The Fair Housing Award will no longer be awarded on an annual basis.
Nominees for the Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award 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 award winners include Dan Williams, Cecilia Olivarez Huerta, José Soto, Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest Inc., Judi M. gaiashkibos, Florine Joseph, Beatty Brasch, Annie and Leroy Stokes, Janet Goodman-Banks, Larry Williams, Linda Willard, Kit Boesch and Amir Azimi.
The deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5. The nomination form is available by calling 402-441-7625 or at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: rights). Nominations can be submitted by mail, fax or email to email@example.com. Previous nominations can be re-submitted for 2015.
The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights is a neutral 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.