UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY PROGRAM and Human Rights Award
The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: Is It Still Relevant?
Saturday, January 18, 2014 9 am - 11 am McCoart Building Atrium and Board Chambers
VA State Senator Henry Marsh
WJLA7 Anchor Jeff Goldberg
Master of Ceremony
2013 UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY PROGRAM A SUCCESS
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.
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.)
Click here to contact the Human Rights Office for more information.
Mission: Eliminating discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement