We’re Proud to Call Our Leader a True Civil Rights Champion
May 16 2012
NCLR is proud to announce that our President and CEO, Janet Murguía, has been selected to receive the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award for her significant contributions to the cause of social justice. At a reception and dinner tonight at the Washington Hilton, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will present Murguía, along with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), with what is called “the highest honor” bestowed by the civil and human rights community.
Since Murguía joined NCLR in 2005, she has led the institution to achieve outstanding improvements and increased opportunities for Latinos across the United States. With groundbreaking political movement toward social justice and the increasing number of Hispanics in the U.S., today represents a special time for this community to be recognized and to act upon the promise behind this award.
“As our current political climate is steeped in wedge politics and efforts to divide our nation rather than celebrate our rich diversity, all of us who cherish equality and equal opportunity have been energized by two strong voices of inclusion, two remarkable champions of social justice,” stated the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in an announcement releasing the names of the 2012 Humphrey honorees.
Previous honorees include former President Bill Clinton; Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Honorable John Lewis (D-Ga.), a key figure of the American Civil Rights movement; and the motion picture “Crash,” among other impressive individuals and feats.
In a recent speech, Murguía stressed the importance of seeing this award as part of a larger effort by the growing Hispanic community to participate in a shared vision of America’s future.
“NCLR has long been a proud partner and member of the Leadership Conference and it is an honor for me to receive the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award. I accept it on behalf of the many activists in the Latino community who fight every day for justice and the chance for everyone to be part of the American Dream,” said Murguía.
For more information on the award or tonight’s event, visit the Leadership Conference website.
Issues: Civil Rights and Justice
Geography:California, Far West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas