NCLR Conference Awards
Each year, the NCLR Board of Directors presents a series of awards at the NCLR Annual Conference Awards gala. This year’s gala will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
This is a great opportunity to showcase the contributions of deserving individuals and organizations that are advancing the Latino community.
Submit your 2013 nominations for exemplary members of or contributors to the Hispanic community!
Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award
Recipient: Reverend James Manship and Angel Fernandez-Chavero
|The Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award, named in honor of Graciela Olivarez for her lifetime commitment to Hispanic women's rights, is presented each year to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions in promoting the interests of Hispanic Americans. Graciela Olivarez, who rightly earned the title "Amazing Grace," led the 1972 campaign to require equal representation of men and women on the NCLR Board of Directors. She was also the first woman to graduate from Notre Dame Law School and later became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in President Carter's administration. The recipient must have done work for the betterment of the Hispanic community that is national in scope, as well as recent and relevant to contemporary Hispanic America.|
Maclovio Barraza Leadership Award
Recipient: Reynaldo L. Martinez
|The Maclovio Barraza Leadership Award, named in honor of the NCLR Board of Directors' founding chairperson, recognizes an individual whose leadership has served as a source of strength and support to the Hispanic community. Maclovio Barraza, a lifelong labor activist, helped organize the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers and was part of its executive board until 1967 when it merged with the United Steelworkers Union. At the time of his death, he was leading major negotiations to improve the conditions of Hispanics working in the copper industry in Arizona. The recipient must have done work for the betterment of the Hispanic community at the local level, and his or her contributions must be recent and relevant to contemporary Hispanic America.|
Ruben Salazar Award for Communications
Recipient: Rossana Rosado
|The Ruben Salazar Award for Communications, named in honor of the distinguished journalist who was killed on August 29, 1970, by a policeman's tear-gas projectile while covering an antiwar march in East Los Angeles, annually recognizes an individual who has dedicated his or her life to promoting the accurate and positive portrayal of Hispanic historical, political, economic, and cultural contributions to American society. Salazar began a career in investigative reporting that took him from a position as a young reporter with the El Paso Herald Post to the city room of the prestigious Los Angeles Times. Salazar covered the war in Vietnam, revolutionary tumult in Latin America, and day-to-day events in Mexico City. He was among the first Hispanics to become prominent and well-respected in journalism. The recipient of this award must be a communications professional who has dedicated his or her professional life to portraying issues, concerns, and/or news relevant to contemporary Hispanic America.|
Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence
Recipient: Jesse James Leija
|The Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence, named in honor of the athlete considered by many to be the greatest outfielder in baseball, is presented by the NCLR Board of Directors each year to an individual or organization renowned in the world of sports, as well as committed to the advancement of Hispanic Americans. During his career, Clemente won four batting titles and was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the National League (1966) and the World Series (1971). He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. It was his charitable efforts that led to his tragic death; on New Year's Eve 1972, he was aboard a plane with relief supplies for the earthquake victims of Managua, Nicaragua, when the aircraft crashed at sea. The recipient of this award must be a sports professional who has found ways to positively portray Hispanic America and bring awareness and solutions to issues that affect contemporary Hispanic America.|