The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award and the 2011 Fair Housing Award. The nomination deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 18, and the awards will be presented at the Civil Rights Conference Luncheon March 23.
LCHR established an annual Human Rights Award in 2000 to recognize outstanding achievements in furthering human rights and relations in the City. In 2003, the award was renamed to honor the late Gerald Henderson, the first LCHR Director and longtime civil rights activist. Nominees for the award will be judged for their achievements in improving human rights based on activities implemented, services performed, or programs operated in Lincoln.
Previous award winners include Dan Williams; Cecilia Olivarez Huerta; José Soto and the Division of Affirmative Action, Equity and Diversity of Southeast Community College; Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest Inc.; Judi M. Gaiashkibos; Florine Joseph; Beatty Brasch; Annie and Leroy Stokes; and Janet Goodman-Banks.
Nominees for the Fair Housing Award will be judged for their achievements in ensuring fair housing opportunities based on activities implemented, services performed, or programs operated in Lincoln. Previous award winners include Jill Fenner (Fair Housing Center of Nebraska); Michelle Zadina (Apartment Guide); Jim and Mark Arter (The Arter Group); High Plains Community Development Corp; Kristine Strand (Cedars Youth Services); Liz Bruce and Doug Rottaus (Nebraska REALTOR® Association); Gerald Henderson; and Mary Eley (Fair Housing Center of Omaha).
Nomination forms are available by calling LCHR at 441-7624, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by printing it from the Awards page on LCHR's website. Nominations can be submitted by mail or fax. Those who previously submitted nominations are encouraged to re-submit them.
LCHR is the primary City agency responsible for the resolution of discrimination complaints brought by individuals and serves as Lincoln's enforcement agency for civil rights laws. The Commission also provides diversity education, conducts outreach, and offers technical assistance in order to foster inclusive community relations.