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2008 Media Releases

August 28, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Larry Williams, LCHR, 441-7624, TDD 441-8398


The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award. The award was established in 2000 to recognize outstanding achievements in furthering human rights and relations in the City of Lincoln. In 2003, the award was renamed to honor and remember Mr. Henderson, first director of the LCHR and a long-time civil rights activist. The award will be presented in November.

Nominations are due by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 22. Individuals can get the nomination forms four ways:

  • Call the Commission at 441-7625 or 441-8398 (TDD).
  • Send an e-mail to
  • Print a form from the City Web site, (keyword: rights).
  • Visit LCHR during regular business hours at 440 S. 8th St.
  • Completed forms can be dropped off at LCHR, faxed to 441-6937 or mailed to LCHR, 440 S. 8th St., Lincoln, NE 68508. Those who submitted nominations in past years are encouraged to re-submit the entries.

Nominees will be judged on their achievements in improving human rights based on activities implemented, services performed or programs operated in the City of Lincoln. Previous winners have been Dan Williams; Cecilia Olivarez Huerta; Josť Soto and the Division of Affirmative Action, Equity and Diversity at Southeast Community College; Milo Mumgaard and the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, Inc.; Judi M. gaiashkibos, Nebraska Indian Commission; Florine Joseph; and Beatty Brasch, the Center for People in Need.

The Human Rights Commission is the primary City agency responsible for the resolution of discrimination complaints brought by individuals. LCHR serves as the civil rights law enforcement agency for Lincoln. The Commission also provides community education and technical assistance in order for people to know and understand their rights and responsibilities under law.

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