Janet Murguía to be honored with Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award

For Immediate Release
February 16, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announced today that it will honor Congressman Barney Frank and National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguía with the civil and human rights movement’s highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award. The recipients will be honored on May 16, 2012, at the nation’s largest gathering of the civil and human rights community, the 36th Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner.

The Humphrey Award is presented annually to outstanding individuals who best exemplify Senator Humphrey’s selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality – an honor roll that, over the years, has included President William Clinton; Congressman John Lewis; civil rights champion Dr. Dorothy Height; disability advocate Tammy Duckworth; and labor leader Dolores Huerta, among others.

“With a political climate steeped in wedge politics and efforts to divide our nation rather than celebrate our rich diversity, all of us who cherish equality and equal opportunity have been energized by these strong voices of inclusion and champions of social justice,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference. “In the spirit of our award's namesake, our honorees have answered Senator Humphrey's exhortation to embrace civil rights and to ‘walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights.’ ” read more...