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The Morgantown Human Rights Commission will spotlight residents and organizations that exemplify the spirit of diversity and human rights in the community with their annual Human Rights Day Awards. The 2017 award winners are Charlene Marshall for the individual award and the Community Coalition for Social Justice for the group/organization award.
The awards recognize contributions toward making Morgantown a more inclusive community and to protect the human rights of all. The awards will be presented on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Morgantown City Council chambers during the regular meeting of the Morgantown City Council. Following the awards presentation, a reception will take place at the Aull Center located at 351 Spruce St. The community is invited to join the celebration of Human Rights Day as well as the Annual Morgantown Human Rights Awards. Cris Mayo from the LGBTQ Center at West Virginia University will speak at the reception and the award recipients will be recognized and will speak briefly about their experience.
The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge outstanding work taking place in Morgantown and those who put forth the effort to make a difference and are working toward the global purpose of Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a shout across the world by the leading countries, stating loud and clear that no matter where we live, what we believe, or how we love, we are each individually deserving of the most basic respect for human needs. Every year, Human Rights Day marks conferences around the world dedicated to ensuring that these ideals are pursued, and that the basic Human Rights of every person is made a priority in the global community.
For more information on the Morgantown Human Rights Commission, please visit morgantown.gov/humanrights.
ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
The purpose of the Human Rights Commission is to provide leadership for addressing community interaction and fairness concerns. It works to ensure that the City is not only providing services, but maintaining ways in which a community can live together inclusively, functionally, and justly despite differences, complexities, and conflicts. The Commission focuses on stewardship and service, but also on the quality of community life and the protection of the community from preventable unfair damage to the lives of individual citizens and families.