Tennessee Human Rights Day Celebration Honors Heroes of the Past and Future

Top Quote Human Rights Day is set for December 10, 2012 from 4-6pm at the North Police Precinct in Nashville. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 02, 2012 - The planning is set and the Tennessee Celebration of Human Rights Day will take place this year at the North Police Precinct from 4 - 6pm on December 10th.

    A committee of human rights organizations and nonprofits including the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Metro Human Relations Commission, United Nations Association, Church of Scientology and others have worked for months to nail down event details.

    International Human Rights Day occurs every year to commemorate the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on Dec 10, 1948. According to the event's website, nashvillehumanrights.org, "In Tennessee, Human Rights Day has become a day to reflect and look at lessons learned and battles won, while various human rights groups join forces and commit to creating an even better future."

    The celebration centers around Human Rights Lifetime Achievement awards. Awardees this year include Rev. Bill Barnes who has been a freedom fighter in Nashville for the better part of his life and Rosetta Miller Perry who is the first black female publisher in Tennessee with her Tennessee Tribune newspaper.

    "Rising Advocate" awards will also be given to individuals who show great promise in the field of human rights. Planning committee chair Rev. Brian Fesler says, "This is the second year for the Rising Advocate award. It's been a wonderful experience looking at people who are taking up the banner for human rights and working out who to recognize." The Rising Advocate award this year will go to Daoud Abudiab of the Islamic Center of Columbia and Cecilia Gomez who works for Free for Life International as well as Conexion Americas.

    The program will also feature a panel discussion on the event's theme: "Building a Culture of Human Rights." The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to become involved with this year's celebration, visit www.nashvillehumanrights.org.

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