ICRC Civil Rights Awards Dinner to feature Mayor of Gary

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Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), will host the Courage and Vision: Champions of Civil Rights Awards Dinner on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in celebration of Juneteenth, ​the holiday that commemorates the emancipation of African Americans who were enslaved.

Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana, will deliver the keynote address. “As former director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, I am honored to join the Commission and the Indiana Consortium as the keynote speaker for the inaugural conference dinner convening this summer,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana.’ “I am also excited as the conference will commemorate the Juneteenth Holiday established to honor freedom and the immeasurable contributions to America by the African-American people.

“Service is at the core of all we do to advance civil rights for everyone in the state of Indiana,” said ICRC Executive Director Gregory Wilson. “This is an important evening to honor organizations and individuals who have made an impact through service and dedication to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all.”

Recognition will be given for outstanding performance in each of four categories: Freedom, Equity, Cultural Vision and Diversity and Inclusion. Doors will open at 6 PM and the program will begin at 6:30 PM at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel.

The 2019 Courage & Vision Awards include:

Freedom Award (Individual) The Freedom Award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in efforts to provide resources and remove barriers for all Hoosiers, so that they may freely pursue happiness and prosperity unencumbered by discrimination.

Equity Award (Individual or Community Organization) The Equity Award is given to an individual or community organization whose commitment to advancing civil rights is demonstrated by a commitment to equity, ensuring all people are equipped with the necessary tools to be successful and participate fully in society.

Cultural Vision Award (Non-profit/Gov’t agency) The Cultural Vision Award honors a non-profit organization or government agency that has shown dedication to bringing communities together, bridging cultural divides, forging new partnerships, and fostering understanding as a means to advancing equality for all people.

Diversity & Inclusion Award (Business Organization) The Diversity & Inclusion Award celebrates an organization operating in the private sector that exemplifies leadership in the development and support of strategies which result in diversity at all levels of the organization.

To nominate qualified individuals or organizations for any of the above awards, fill out the nomination form on ICRC’s website here.

Register now for the 46th Annual Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies Conference from June 18-20, 2019, plus an opening evening reception on June 17.

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