Civil Rights Conference Awards

Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award

Nomination Form

photograph of Edward D. Wimes

2018 Winner — Edward D. Wimes

  • Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Married (Sherri) with five adult children and 13 Grandchildren
Graduate of Doane University, BS in Human Relations and Masters Administrative Management-Thesis pending.
Employment History
Spent 35 years in the field of Human Resource Management and a corresponding amount of time working in the field of Equal Employment Opportunity and Equity, Inclusion-Affirmative Action programs.
Current Status
Retired from the University of Nebraska as the Assistant Vice-President of Human Resources-Special Assistant to the President
Owner of "E&S Consulting" emphasis on management, leadership and equity initiatives.
Personal Civil Rights Effort
I nominated, with the assistance of the Local Chapter of the NAACP and former U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, that James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner receive the "President of the United States – Medal of Freedom". President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the honor, to the families of these courageous young men, on November 24, 2014.
Other Employment and Association History
Senior Administrative Aide to the Mayor
City of Lincoln Employment Manager
State Affirmative Action Administrator
Personnel Manager-NE Department of Roads
Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission
Military History
Retired U.S. Army Officer – Veteran of the Vietnam War
Boards and Commissions (Past and Present)
Trustee Doane University
Woods Charitable Foundation
Community Health Endowment
City of Lincoln Personnel Board
State of Nebraska Personnel Board
Charter Member - Human Resource
Life Member of the NAACP
Clyde Malone Community Center Board
Mayor's Multicultural Advisory Committee
Project All (Leadership Lincoln Initiative)
Martin Luther King Jr. "Annual Freedom Breakfast" Committee
Lincoln Mediation Center Board
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board
Martin Luther King Jr. "Humanitarian Award" (State of Nebraska)
NAACP's "Civil Rights and Justice Award" (Lincoln Chapter)
The "Bud Cuca Servant Leader Award"

Past Winners

  • 2017 Olga Kanne
  • 2016 Thomas Christie
  • 2015 Wendy Francis
  • 2014 Seanna Collins
  • 2013 Colleen Floth
  • 2012 CenterPointe Housing
  • 2011 Larry Williams
  • 2010 Jill Fenner, Fair Housing Center of Nebraska
  • 2009 Apartment Guide, Michelle Zadine
  • 2008 The Arter Group, Jim & Mark Arter
  • 2007 High Plains Community Development Group
  • 2006
  • 2005 Kristine Strand, Cedars Youth Service
  • 2004 Nebraska REALTOR© Association, Liz Bruce & Doug Rotthaus
  • 2003 Gerald Henderson
  • 2002 Fair Housing Center of Omaha, Mary Eley