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December 4, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Larry Williams, LCHR Exec. Director, 441-8691,
TDD 441-8398


The recipients of the 2008 Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award and the winners of the 2008 “What Prejudice Means to Me” essay contest will be honored by the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) on Friday, December 12 at a ceremony in room 113 at the County-City Building, 555 South 10th St. The ceremony will be taped for a future “One Lincoln” program on 5 CITY-TV, the government access cable station.

Leroy and Annie Stokes, long-time civil rights and community activists, have been selected by the Commission to receive the Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award for 2008. LCHR established the award in 2000 to recognize outstanding achievements in furthering human relations in Lincoln. In 2003, the award was renamed to honor Henderson, the first director of the LCHR and a long-time civil rights activist.

This is the first year of LCHR’s elementary and middle school diversity outreach program. Fifth grade students from Eastridge, Morley, Holmes and Riley elementary schools and sixth grade students from Lux and Culler middle schools wrote essays on what prejudice meant to them. Selected to receive awards are Elizabeth Otto, Culler sixth-grader; Lan Portnoy, Lux sixth-grader; Jenny Vuong Tran, Holmes fifth-grader; Samantha Washington, Morley fifth-grader; and Zachary Weaver, Morley fifth-grader.

A special award also will be presented to Judi gaiashkibos, Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs.

LCHR is the primary City agency responsible for the resolution of discrimination complaints brought by individuals and serves as the civil rights law enforcement agency for Lincoln. The Commission also provides diversity education, conducts outreach, and offers technical assistance in order to foster more inclusive community relations.

The schedule for 5 CITY-TV is available on the City Web site at

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