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Newport News Human Rights Commission Award Ceremony

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Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

2410 Wickham Avenue

Newport News, VA 23607

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The Newport News Human Rights Commission is hosting an awards banquet on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in the Banquet Room of the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center in Newport News. The theme for this event is Celebrating Human Rights (honoring those who do great things in Newport News for Newport News).

You can help! Click on the survey link below to help us select who will be honored at the award ceremony. Individuals and organizations are nominated in three categories:

Non-Profit of the Year A non-profit organization who, through their efforts, has contributed to the overall well-being of the community. By contributing to the overall well-being of the community, this non-profit has also contributed to the betterment of human rights in the city of Newport News. Nominees include:

  • VersAbility is a company which seeks to provide employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. The company provides services including electronics recycling, with full environmental protection and data security, along with document imaging, a variety of on-site employment, and a diverse array of federal contracts. VersAbility is committed to helping persons with disabilities live productive, meaningful lives while showing the public the value of persons with disabilities.

  • Urban League of Hampton Roads Inc. For the past 40 years, the Urban League of Hampton Roads mission has been to enable African American communities and other disadvantaged communities to gain economic reliance through education, advocacy, and by providing other resources. The Urban League works to close the gap through a variety of programs for youth and adults. The ULHR has five key strategies for accomplishing their mission and objectives - Economic Empowerment, Health and Quality of life Empowerment, Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment, and Education and Youth Empowerment.

  • Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula members take part in fun and exciting programs led by trusted adult members every day at club locations. Programs are organized into 5 Core Programming Areas to ensure the development of members into well-rounded individuals – Education & Careers; Character & Leadership; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Clubs are located in Aqueduct, Crossroads Village, Greater Hampton Roads, Lassiter Courts, Marshall Courts, Pinedale Manor, Tyler Avenue in Newport News, other Clubs are in Hampton, York, Gloucester, and Matthews.

  • Care Net is a non-profit organization with a unique mission to primarily provide support and empowerment to women facing difficult pregnancy decisions in the local community.

Citizen of the Year – A citizen of the City of Newport News who, through his or her efforts, has contributed to the overall well-being of the community. By contributing to the overall well-being of the community, this citizen has also contributed to the betterment of human rights in the city of Newport News. Nomineees include:

  • Emily Smith works for the Williamsburg Legal Aid Office, where she fosters the CARES fellowship. Through this program, Ms. Smith aims to fight and lower eviction in legal aid office service area, including Newport News.

  • Suparna Chandhry is the current Director of the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. Ms. Chaudhry's central objective has been to bring awareness of human rights violations and ways to overcome them both locally and nationally as well as internationally.

  • Ms. Queen Esther Marrow is an instrumental resource and instructor of our Advisory Board and a community role model to our youth. She was born and raised in Newport News and came of age in those difficult days following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, attending Carver High School. “In Texas, I had wandered over to a room where there was a piano,” she begins, “and Aretha came in. I said, ‘You’re the one who can play — you sit down.’ So she and I were singing, and Dr. King walked in and said, ‘Here are my two favorite ladies.’ He was singing, and we were singing. Yes, it was that Aretha. And, yes, it was that Dr. King. He especially loved to hear me sing ‘Precious Lord.”

  • Yugonda Sample- Jones has been recognized for her efforts to help unite the community to be competitive for the Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant offered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, with the goal of improving the Ridley Place area, and for which Newport News was a finalist. In addition to her efforts to help secure the Choice Neighborhoods grant, Yugonda has worked to prevent gun violence in Newport News. She has organized two well-planned Stop the Violence rallies to draw attention to the issue of gun violence in Hampton Roads and is currently working as a VISTA member with the Hampton Roads Community Action Program.

Business of the Year – A business located within the city of Newport News, who through their efforts have contributed to the overall well-being of the community. By contributing to the overall well-being of the community, this business has also contributed to the betterment of human rights in the city of Newport News. Nominees include:

  • The Law Office of David Redden has generously provided legal aid for the low-income community and pro bono assistance to numerous clients in the Newport News area to ensure justice to all regarding legal matters.

  • Family Dollar provides small neighborhood “variety goods” stores in multiple locations within walking distance throughout the community. Family Dollar caters to lower income customer in urban and rural locations. Its stores continue to operate using multiple price points, serving customers as their 'neighborhood discount store", offering a convenient shopping experience. It benefits from an expanded target customer profile as its parent company utilizes the store concepts of both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar to serve a broader range of customer demographics to drive future growth. Dollar Tree plans to grow its Family Dollar network to 12,000 stores in the years ahead. It typically opens new Family Dollar stores in strip shopping centers, freestanding buildings, and downtown buildings.

To select your choices please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VQWWSKH

To attend the banquet and ceremony, you can register here through Event Brite cr call Terri Francis at 757-643-4086.

Registration is required to attend the event!

The ceremony will be held on January 23, 2019 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center (2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607). We hope to see you there!

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