On Saturday, January 16, 2016 the Prince William County Human Rights Commission celebrated Universal Human Rights Day. Human Rights Awards are given to members of the community who provide unique contributions to human and civil rights. Our Pastor, Clyde Ellis, Jr., won with 3 other members of VOICE for their work against the banks during the foreclosure crisis. Congratulations to all the honorees!
The theme of the program was “Blacks in the Media.” Peabody award winner, Jacquie Jones delivered the keynote address and talked about her experience as an executive producer in television. Ms. Jones recently won a Peabody Award for her PBS documentary, “180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School” that sheds light on school reform in Washington, D.C.
In addition, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History sent a member of its executive staff to talk about the newest museum coming to our nation’s capital in September 2016. The 2015 winners are Dr. Alice Howard, Mr. Rex Parr, The Foreclosure Team (Rev. Clyde Ellis, Father Gerry Creedon, Rev. Keith Savage, and Mike Wilson), the Voting Rights Commemorative Team, and the NAACP (Ban the Box Initiative).