2015 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour Mark Your Calendar. Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour, April 6 - 11, 2015 . This fun filled and educational tour travels south to visit the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement. The tour will retrace the Freedom Trail to learn about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks & the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Voters Rights and other significant events of the Civil Rights Movement. 

You dont't have to be a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland to participate in this amazing adventure. The Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour was modeled from the idea of the Civil Rights Heritage Tour initiated from the work of the Raleigh North Carolina Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and Bruce Lightner the Committee Founder. Click here for more information!

Posted January 5, 2015



The Civic Federation and Motorola Solutions Foundation are pleased to announce the 2014 Excellence in Public Service honoree, Rocco Claps, Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Mr. Claps is a former officer and prominent member of IAOHRA. Read press release here.

Posted December 15, 2014



Join The Missouri Commission on Human Rights, Executive Director Dr. Alisa Warren, and the global community of human rights advocates at the Missouri Human Rights Conference celebrating International Human Rights Day, inaugurated in 1948 when world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirming the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of all people. Today, the eyes of the world are upon us as Missourians find ourselves at a cultural crossroads between division and reconciliation. It seems that while we have realized tremendous strides in equality for all people, the opportunities for many still languish behind the times, as evidenced by segregated housing patterns, an inequity in employment, and social injustice. 

This conference will look back at our history to give us clues about how to move humanity forward in the future. This state-wide event will take place on December 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harry S Truman State Office Building at 301 West High Street in Jefferson City, MO.  The conference features national and regional speakers presenting to attorneys, human resources and housing industry professionals, and representatives from government and non-profit organizations. To learn more about this free conference see the attachment and register just click on the link below. See flyer for details.


OCR enforces multiple civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and religion by health care and human service providers.  When OCR determines that there has been a violation of the law, OCR seeks voluntary compliance and provides technical assistance to health care and human service providers.  OCR also has the authority to seek remedies as necessary in the event of noncompliance 

To learn more about non-discrimination and health information privacy laws, your civil rights and privacy rights in health care and human service settings, and to find information on filing a complaint, visit

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Commemorative Event 

Theme:             Expect. Employ. Empower. 

When:              Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Time:               9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Where:             Great Hall ,Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

Promoting access to employment and healthcare for people with disabilities, with a featured panel focusing on healthcare access for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

The event will also include a number of workshops. 

Sign up for events!

Alternatively, to register for this event or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Crystal Williams, OHR Staff Sign Language Interpreter/Site Coordinator, at 202-690-8330 or by e-mail at .  Requests for reasonable accommodations must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014. (Sign language interpreters will be provided.)

Posted October 15, 2014


Local governments are on the front lines of addressing domestic violence.  Indeed, state and local agencies and city and county governments are already recognizing freedom from domestic violence as a human right.  Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we would like to  share information on the relevance of the human rights framework to your work and offer a few suggestions for how you can use human rights in your jurisdiction.  Read more.

Visit National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Posted October 8, 2014



Mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 10, 2014 and make plans to attend the 2014 Human Rights Symposium.

The Department of Human Rights will kick off Human Rights Week in Minnesota with an all-day symposium providing must-have information on the latest trends and legal decisions that affect you.

  • Get the latest developments in employment, civil rights, criminal justice, equal pay, sexual harassment, Supreme Court decisions and much more.
  • These are key issues for employment lawyers, civil rights leaders, community organizers, employers, human resource professionals and everyone concerned with human rights and social justice.
  • Features presentations on how far we have come as a nation since the historic passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Continuing Education Credit
  • High value event - cost is less than $100.

For more information contact the MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS.


Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission  - The Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards

The Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards recognize businesses, organizations and individuals that embrace and celebrate diversity. Nominees apply inclusion and participation of diverse people whereby the community is a better environment in which to live, work and raise a family.

To nominate an individual or organization, please visit:  

or contact the

Evansville-Vanderburgh County
Human Relations Commission
1 N.W. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Suite 209
Evansville, IN 47708

(812) 436-4927

(NOMINATION DEADLINE IS September 19, 2014)


Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission Annual Dinner. Please join us as we present the2014 Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards. To be held at The Old National Events Plaza (formerly The Centre) Human Relations Commission, Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 P.M. Ticket Donation $30.00

See Flyer for details


2014 IAOHRA Annual Conference

The 2014 International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA, August 9-11.  Our Theme "50 Years of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: The Unfinished Agenda" will examine the past 50 years, present best practices and strategies to develop tools and a leadership plan for the future.

As a participant at this year’s conference you will have a great opportunity to exchange ideas with other members, key policy makers, and human rights leaders.

This conference offers the unprecedented opportunity to develop strategies and solutions important to addressing the global and domestic issues facing today's human rights professionals. We invite you to participate in our sponsored seminars and training conference with professionals from all disciplines.

Click here for more information.


TO: All Members of the International Association of Official
FROM:           Dr. Alisa Warren, IAOHRA Awards Committee Chair

SUBJECT:      Award Nominations for the 65th Annual IAOHRA Conference

DATE:             May 28, 2014

The time is rapidly approaching for civil and human rights advocates to gather for the 65th Annual IAOHRA Conference” at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina August 10-11, 2014.

Nominations are open for the following awards:

ARTHUR L. GREEN CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD:  Presented to an IAOHRA member for his/her lifelong advocacy of civil rights and racial justice.

BILL HALE AWARD: Presented to an organization or individual who promoted civil and human rights in their official capacity and has provided leadership in the development of programs to safeguard the human and civil rights of all people in the corporation and beyond.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Presented to an IOAHRA Member for his/her continuing commitment to equal opportunity and civil rights demonstrated through his/her efforts to create and implement high caliber programs for civil rights enforcement professionals and their communities.

INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Presented to an individual or an organization for outstanding work in civil and human rights internationally. (Provide specific examples of the work done by the nominee.)

PRESIDENT’S AWARD: For outstanding services in advancing the civil and human rights agenda. This award shall be presented to an individual

June 6, 2014


Indiana Training Conference

The Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies along with the National Association of Official Human Rights Workers (NAHWR) invite you to attend this informative training opportunity in Merrillville, IN on June 17-20, 2014.  

The theme of the conference is, “50 Years since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Are we there yet? Please be with us as we reflect and discuss the civil rights issues and policies that have been enacted in the past 50 years and present best practices and strategies to continue the work and address the unfinished business. 

To register go to register online or fax registrations to (219) 882-0373. Please see the brochure for additional information on hotel accommodations.  The deadline for reserving your room is May 27, 2014. You may also contact me for additional information at (219) 883-4151 or email me at  We look forward to seeing you in Merrillville!

Last updated May 9, 2014



Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services joins in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  In the upcoming weeks and months, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with the Office of Minority Health, will jointly host activities to both promote health equity and honor courageous individuals and momentous events that continue to define the civil rights movement today. 

To commemorate the historic buildup to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we hope you will enjoy and share this copy of our special monthly newsletter. 

 Read the Special Edition Newsletter (PDF/853KB)

KU Alumni Association, Black Alumni Chapter Honor Alumni For Achievements

LAWRENCE —​Nine alumni whose University of Kansas eras span from the 1920s to the 1980s are the 2013 recipients of the KU Black Alumni Chapter’s African-American Leaders and Innovators award. The chapter, sponsored by the KU Alumni Association, will honor them Friday, Nov. 1, during its biennial reunion. Five of the recipients will attend the event, and four will be honored posthumously.

The five who are scheduled to attend include:

Homer C. Floyd of Harrisburg, Pa., who completed his bachelor’s degree in education at KU in 1961; and former board member of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA)

La Vert Murray of Kansas City, Kan., a 1971 KU graduate in political science;

Julie Robinson, Lawrence, who completed her journalism degree at KU in 1978 and graduated from the School of Law in 1981;

Leslie Meacham Saunders, Roswell, Ga., who graduated from KU with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1973; and

Lynette Woodard of Houston, who earned her KU communication studies degree in 1981.

The four posthumous honorees are:

Wilbur D. Goodseal, who earned his KU degree in education in 1952 and his graduate degree in speech pathology in 1962;

Marie Ross, who completed her KU journalism degree in 1944 from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, two years before the School of Journalism was founded;

Chester I. Lewis Jr., a 1951 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a 1953 graduate of the School of Law; and

Cheryl Warren Mattox, who completed her bachelor’s degree in piano from the KU School of Fine Arts in 1972.

October 2013