The Smithsonian’s National Museum  of African American History and Culture  presents a national conversation by hosting a daylong symposium

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:45am to 8:30pm EDT

National Museum of the American Indian
Rasmuson Theater
Independence and 4th St SW
Washington, D.C.

 Metro: Orange and Blue lines, L’Enfant Plaza or Federal Center SW

The symposium will be live streamed via Ustream

Admission is free and open to the public; however, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are recommended. Reserve your free tickets by visiting Eventbrite. Please note if you wish to attend all panels, be sure to reserve a ticket for each panel.

A police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., this summer, along with other shootings by police officers around the county, led to weeks of protests in communities around the country. “We need to explore what this moment in our nation’s history means, especially in terms of leadership,” said Lonnie Bunch III, NMAAHC director. “What impact does generational change have on leadership and faith communities? What are the lessons to be learned from Ferguson, particularly within the context of community mobilization?”

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will honor U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, outgoing Director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office Laura Murphy, and retired Senator Bob Dole with the civil and human rights coalition’s highest honor at the 39th Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner. 

The Humphrey Award is presented annually to outstanding individuals who best exemplify Senator Humphrey’s selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality—an honor roll that, over the years, has included President Bill Clinton, Congressman John Lewis, former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Sheila Bair, civil rights champion Dr. Dorothy Height, disability advocate Tammy Duckworth, and labor leader Dolores Huerta, among others. Last year’s honorees were Senator Tom Harkin, education reform advocate Randi Weingarten, and labor leader Eliseo Medina.

“All of us who value equality and freedom can be inspired by these strong voices of inclusion and champions of social justice,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “In the spirit of our award's namesake, our honorees have answered Senator Humphrey's exhortation to embrace civil rights for all Americans and to ‘walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights.’”

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What: The 39th Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner honoring the Honorable Eric Holder, Laura Murphy, and Senator Bob Dole.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Reception at 5:00 p.m. - Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. 


2015 National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) Annual Conference

On Friday, March 27th, at the 2015 NCRC Annual Conference, Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President of the North Carolina NAACP, delivered a compelling speech in support of the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as U.S. Attorney General. Rev. Dr. Barber called on NCRC members to act, and to encourage others to act, to urge Congress to confirm Loretta Lynch's appointment.

“We thank Rev. Dr. Barber for his astounding address at the NCRC conference. NCRC believes Loretta Lynch is highly qualified to serve as Attorney General and we urge her swift confirmation,” said NCRC’s President and CEO John Taylor. “We also join Rev. Dr. Barber in his call for Congress to take action to restore the Voting Rights Act to its full strength.”

Watch this video to hear Rev. Dr. Barber's case statement on why Loretta Lynch should be confirmed as Attorney General.

 Posted March 28, 2015


2015 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour Mark Your Calendar. 2016 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 announces the 2014 Excellence in Rocco J. ClapsPublic 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.