The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission will hold its annual dinner on September 19, 2012 at 7pm. The event will be at The Centre and feature keynote speaker, Diane Nash. Diane played a pivotal role in in the civil rights movement when she relocated from Chicago to the south during the midst of the movement. She also helped organize the infamous Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi in 1961.
Diane Nash has also been awarded numerous medals and awards for her work during the civil rights movement along with peace activist efforts. Among the awards, most notably include the Distinguished American Award presented by President John F. Kennedy. She later went on to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Spike Lee’s “Four Little Girls”, and PBS documentaries.
Mayor Winnecke will present the 2012 Mayors’ Celebration of Diversity Awards at the annual event. The awards recognize local businesses and individuals who have proved to embrace diversity throughout the city.
Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 10, 2012. To make a nomination, please go to www.evansvillegov.org/diversityawards or contact the Human Relations Commission at (812) 436-4927.