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Past Human Rights Day Events

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Each year, the Seattle Commission for Human Rights and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, in conjunction with the United Nation’s Association of Seattle and other community partners, celebrates the signing of the U.N.’s Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.

Daytime and evening events feature well known keynote speakers. The daytime celebration also includes the awarding of “Distinguished Citizens Awards” to recognize local individuals and organizations’ outstanding work in furthering human rights in Seattle.

2010 Human Rights Day Banner Competition - sponsored by Puget SoundOff

Congratulations to S. Brown, a senior from Sequim High School for winning Puget SoundOff's Human Rights Day Banner Contest. For all contest entries click here.

The following is a summary of the keynote speakers and awardees at the City of Seattle Human Rights Day events:

2012 Van Jones

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Rita Zawaideh

Washington United for Marriage
Jessica Markowitz

Event Program
2011 Panel Discussion on Economic Inequality

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Heather Purser

Event Program
2010 Prof. Joel Ngugi

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Real Change News

Beth Reis
Dr. Benjamin Danielson Quinn Wyatt

Event Program
2009 Prof. Adrien K. Wing

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Joe Martin and Darryl Ary

Legal Voice Pride Foundation
Suk-Lin Zhou

De Comunidad a Comunidad
Event Program
2008 Dr. Robert Bullard

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News Release
NW Immigrant Rights Project

YWCA GirlsFirst

Somali Community Services of Seattle

Michael Neguse
Event Program
2006 Maria Hinojosa

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News Release
Magdaleno Rose-Avila

Trans Jail Policy Group
Event Program
2005 Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary

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L. Charles Jones

People's Institute Northwest

News Release

Event Program
2004 Dr. Peggy McIntosh

News Release
Tyree Scott (in memoriam)
Wing Luke Asian Museum
Event Program
2003 Sherman Alexie, Author

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Gerard John Sheehan
Seattle Indian Services Committee
Event Program
2002 Ida Castro (unable to attend)
Former Chairwoman, U.S EEOC

Living Voices: Cesar Chavez presentation
Emma Moreno
Hate Free Zone Campaign WA
Event Program
2001 Loung Ung, author Patricia Champion Event Program
2000 Randall Robinson, Author
President, Trans Africa
Institute for Community Leadership
1999 Lakota Hardin
Native American Activist
Dr. Hubert Locke
Refugee Women's Alliance
1998 Shirley Wilcher
Deputy Assistant for Federal Contract Compliance
Dept of Labor
Kay Bullitt

Living Voices
(the Right to Dream- Civil Rights Movement)
Dr. Mona Lake Jones
Poet Laureate of Seattle

Jan Kumaska
1996 Professor Charles Jones
University of WA
Jeri Ware