2017 Diversity Awards Program
The UNC Center for Civil Rights was among those honored at the University Diversity Awards on Tuesday, April 4th. UNC Law Professor and Librarian Donna Nixon presented the Center with the University’s 2017 Diversity Award for Department or Unit. Director Ted Shaw, accompanied by the Center staff, accepted the award and spoke on the importance of continuing civil rights advocacy even as we recognize the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This prestigious university award and recognition comes at an especially auspicious time for the Center, which is currently under scrutiny from the UNC Board of Governors, which is pushing forward with a proposal to ban the Center from engaging in any direct client or community legal advocacy or litigation. Ted Shaw noted this irony in his acceptance speech, and promised the Center would continue to do the work that needs to be done.
Many longtime Center supporters attended the awards ceremony, including UNC Faculty Forward, which passed out a leaflet noting “that the Educational Policy Committee of the UNC Board of Governors is considering a proposal to forbid one of the winners’ of today’s award – the UNC Center for Civil Rights – from litigating case[.] The Center has provided legal representation to vulnerable communities across North Carolina that are facing school segregation, environmental racism, and forced sterilization by the state. If you are disturbed by this proposal, email the Board of Governors at firstname.lastname@example.org and Chancellor Folt at email@example.com to let them know.”
The Center is honored by this recognition, and is proud to stand with the other 2017 award recipients.
Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Wed. April 5, 2017 4:43 PM