This Month in Human Rights
and Social Justice
The upcoming events and dates below are opportunities for all of us to recognize and remember those who speak out and take action to alleviate
discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for victims of
social injustice.

February News and Events
2016 Salem Award Recipient Announced
The Salem Award Foundation proudly announces that Anne Driscoll will receive the 2016 Salem Award.

Driscoll, Director of the Irish Innocence Project, is being honored for her ground-breaking contributions in the overturning wrongful convictions.

Learn more about her and the upcoming
award ceremony at salemaward.org.

2016 Salem Award Ceremony
Sunday, March 20 at 3:00 p.m.
Murray Hall -- The Bridge at 211, Salem

February 21  Relief and Development in Haiti:

                      A public forum with Karen Keating Ansara
Essex philanthropist and human rights activist Karen Keating Ansara will share her experiences in Haiti since the devastating earthquake hit the nation five years ago. Ansara, who with her husband Jim launched The Haiti Fund within hours of the disaster, will ask what lessons would-be donors and volunteers can take from Haiti.

7:00 pm at Gloucester City Hall
9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA

February Dates to Remember  
Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of UNCF
February 1-29  Black History Month 
In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson organized a week to honor the birth of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This has grown into a month-long international observance to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who faced adversity to achieve their rightful place as American citizens and members of society.
Learn more.
February 20  World Day of Social Justice
Established by the U.N. and first observed in 2009, this day promotes poverty eradication and social integration. By highlighting the importance of education in sustainable development, we set the stage for responsible citizenship, and can build a world based on the principles of justice, equity, participation and transparency. Learn more.

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February 22  50th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott -- 89 African- Americans Arrested (1956)
On this date in 1956, over 100 participants in the three-month-old bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama voluntarily gave themselves up for arrest after an ultimatum from white city leaders. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks were among those arrested and held before a grand jury. Later that year, the U.S. Supreme Court mandated desegregation of the buses. Learn more.  

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