On June 25, 2014, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs presented 2014 Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards to five individuals and organizations that have made critical contributions to the common good through leadership and service. This year’s awards coincide with a yearlong series of events sponsored by the Humphrey School and community partners to reflect on progress achieved and challenges ahead during the 50th anniversary year of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Eric Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School, said that “Hubert Humphrey, our School’s namesake, worked tirelessly to ensure passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Our awardees honor his legacy, and we are thrilled and humbled by their work, and their willingness to accept our expression of appreciation.”
Recipients will be honored at a gala dinner on Wednesday, June 25, at the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E. in Minneapolis. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30, and program at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $150, of which $75 is a tax-deductible contribution. Proceeds from the event benefit a student scholarship initiative. For tickets, click here.
Vernon Jordan Jr., former president of the National Urban League, for a lifelong commitment to standing up and speaking out for social justice, and building critical institutions dedicated to the promotion of civil rights. Click here to watch video of acceptance speech.
Senator Howard Baker, for his leadership in building broad and bipartisan support for both legislative and judicial efforts to protect civil rights. Click here to watch video of former U.S. Senator David Durenberger accpepting the award on Senator Baker's behalf.
General Mills, for its broad and enduring commitment to diversity, and its willingness to devote significant and substantial resources to promote equity and inclusion.
Chanda Smith Baker, president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities in Minneapolis, for her tireless efforts to ensure low-income individuals and families are successful in the Twin Cities and around the country.
Sherri Knuth (Humphrey School MPA 2008), policy and outreach manager for League of Women Voters Minnesota, for her efforts to promote citizen participation in the electoral process.
A special thanks to our sponsors:
Dr. Donna and Kjell Berg
Jay and Page Cowles
Signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota
200 Oak St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN. 55455
Tickets are $150, of which $75 is a tax-deductible contribution. Register here.
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