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From the Prince William County
Human Rights Commission
For Immediate Release
For More Information Contact:
(703) 792-4680
Program to Celebrate Voting Rights Act to be Held on Jan. 17
The Prince William County Human Rights Commission will celebrate Universal Human Rights Day on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the James J. McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court in Woodbridge, at 9 a.m. The theme of the program is “Commemorating & Celebrating 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act.” Pastor Charles A. Lundy will deliver the keynote address and Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Robert Pop Middleton Male Chorus will perform. The program will include breakfast, as well as the presentation of the annual Human Rights Awards given to members of the community who provide unique contributions to human and civil rights. This year’s recipients are Albert Brooks, Eleana Boyer, Cynthia Brown, Rev. Dr. Luke Torian and Victoria Graham.
The event is free and open to the public. The community is invited to share in this important celebration. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Human Rights office at 703-792-4680 or email
The United Nations declared Universal Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, 1948, to recognize the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
More information about the Prince William County Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Office can be found on the County’s website.
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Topic: The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: Is It Still Relevant?

Held: Sat., January 18, 2014 McCoart Building Atrium and Board Chambers


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                                VA State Senator Henry Marsh                   2014 Human Rights Awards Recipients


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                                         WJLA7 Anchor Jeff Goldberg

     The 2014 Universal Human Rights Day was celebrated on Saturday, January 18, 2014.  The program was opened by Supervisor John Jenkins who brought greetings on behalf of the Board of County Supervisors.  The keynote address was given by Virginia State Senator Henry Marsh who relived events during the crafting of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and historic events that took place in Virginia that contributed to the passage of that Federal Law.  The audience enjoyed WJLA 7 Anchor Jeff Goldberg who served as the Master of Ceremony. Winners of the annual Human Rights Awards were Carlos Labiosa, Dr. Doreen Dauer, Cydny Neville, Vicky Castro, Sam Sanders and Father Gerard Creedon (not pictured).


Awardees from left to right:  Connie Moser, Lydia Stewart, Ralph Smith,
Retired Chief Charlie Deane, Lillian Garland, Stephen Dittmer,
Gwen Washington (on behalf of her mother Mary Porter) and Fannie Fitzgerald

The Human Rights Commission celebrated its 20th Anniversary on Saturday, January 19, 2013 and awarded 5 Human Rights Awards and inducted 3 past recipient/organizations into its Hall of Fame.  The 5 awards were given to Connie Moser for her community service and commitment to the beautification of the county; Lydia Stewart the 2012 Teacher of the Year and public school educator; Ralph Smith, the current president of the local NAACP; Stephen Dittmer, a local public school teacher that advises students in the school program "A World of Difference"; and Lillian Garland, a member of the Dale City Civic Association and who has a history of fighting for the rights of women.  The 3 individual and/or groups that were inducted into the Hall of Fame were Retired Police Chief Charlie Deane for his many years of service to the community; and Gwen Washington, daughter of former public school teacher Mary Porter, and retired school teacher Fannie Fitzgerald for being two of the four women (Zella Brown and Maxine Coleman) who integrated the teaching staff in the county's public schools in 1968; and the Human Rights Study Team, which was accepted by Maxine Allen, wife of Fred Allen who was a life long resident of Prince William and retired Executive Director of the Fairfax Human Rights Commission.  The Study Team spent a year researching and meeting with the public in 1991 before making a recommendation to the Board of County Supervisors to create a Human Rights Commission in the county. 


The masters of ceremony for the day was Scott Thuman, an anchor from ABC7 WJLA.  He was a delight and moved the program along with humor.  Board of County Supervisor John Jenkins of the Neabsco Magisterial District brought the keynote address.  He was a member of the Board when the Human Rights Commission was formed.  Curtis Porter and Carlos Labiosa have served on the Human Rights Commission since its beginning. 

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    Scott Thuman, WJLA                      Neabsco Supervisor John Jenkins               Commissioners Carlos Labiosa and Curtis Porter


The Human Rights Commission participates in numerous community outreach programs throughout the year. These programs promote understanding of the cultural diversity of the community. 

  • January - Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest
  • February - Prince William County Black History Month Program
  • March - Women's History Month
  • April - Homebuying Fair, Fair Housing Training, Spring Job Expo, Holocaust Remembrance Program
  • May - Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Program
  • June - Multicultural Summer Institute
  • July - Americans Disabilities Act Fair
  • August - African American Festival
  • September - Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October - Fall Jubilee, Multicultural Arts Festival
  • November - ARC Fall Festival
  • December - Universal Human Rights Day 

Human Rights Awards

The Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for the annual Human Rights Award throughout the year until the deadline of Dec. 30 each year. The Awards honor outstanding contributions that have promoted the equality for all people in Prince William County, demonstrated by leadership and excellence in any field, in either a paid or unpaid capacity. Candidates, whose effectiveness and courage have advanced the cause of equality for all people of all ages in significant and substantial ways that have enriched our community, will be considered. If you are interested in nominating someone for the Award, view the nomination criteria and a downloadable nomination form: (Forms are due on/or before Dec. 30 each year.)




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