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Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award

photograph of Thomas Christie and Bennie Shobe

2016 Winner — Thomas Christie

Thomas Christie is currently the Multicultural/Community Administrator (Office of the Superintendent) for the Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is responsible for directing the district's Multicultural Program, Cultural Proficiency and works in Human Resources, Administrator for TeamMates and the District Office Building Principal.

He is President of the Clyde Malone Center Board, Vice – Chair of the Mayor's Multicultural Committee, member of Lincoln Public Schools Foundation, Chair of the Education Committee of the NAACP, University of Nebraska President Advisory Council (PAC) and on the MLK Freedom Breakfast Committee since the inception. Pass board Severest on the City Recreation Committee, Lighthouse, UNL Teachers College Alumni Board, Lancaster Women's Commission, Lincoln Indian Education committee and Child Advocacy Center.

Thomas has 40 years of experience in the classroom and administration. Thomas was a building administrator for four years and taught Sociology, History and coached wrestling and football for 18 years. He is the administrator directing the cultural proficiency efforts, co-developer of the Racial Response Team project and played a key role in developing the district's Multicultural focus.

Thomas has a Bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master's degree in Administration from the University of Nebraska. Thomas is a Lincoln High Distinguished Alumni and a member of the Lincoln High Athletic Hall of Fame.

He is married to Brenda Christie for 40 years, and they have two children, Fayola Christie, and Yohance Christie.


Past Winners

  • 2015 Wendy Francis
  • 2014 Seanna Collins
  • 2013 Colleen Floth
  • 2012 CenterPointe Housing
  • 2011 Larry Williams
  • 2010 Jill Fenner, Fair Housing Center of Nebraska
  • 2009 Apartment Guide, Michelle Zadine
  • 2008 The Arter Group, Jim & Mark Arter
  • 2007 High Plains Community Development Group
  • 2006
  • 2005 Kristine Strand, Cedars Youth Service
  • 2004 Nebraska REALTOR© Association, Liz Bruce & Doug Rotthaus
  • 2003 Gerald Henderson
  • 2002 Fair Housing Center of Omaha, Mary Eley