“Dismantling injustice, pursuing lasting change” – that is the motto of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. We adopted this motto as part of the celebration of our 50th Anniversary last year. This motto is meant to reflect our commitment to the use of the law to vindicate violations of rights and also our commitment to repairing the damage of a long, shameful history of oppression and discrimination.
Last week at our Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon, we came together to reflect the work that has been done over the past year to dismantle injustice and celebrate our award winners that have committed themselves and their organizations to pursuing lasting change. We heard from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, our Branton Award recipient and lifelong champion of civil rights both within the District and throughout the country. Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop received the Reed Award for their work using cultural expression to create equity and justice. We had the honor of hearing from a Free Minds member who was recently released from prison after 35 years, as he delivered a powerful poem written by a currently incarcerated member. Christine Webber fittingly received the Rod Boggs Award, recognizing her commitment to and partnership with the Committee and our work. We honored the Outstanding Achievement Award winners, area lawyers, law firms and other professionals that have contributed thousands of hours of their time co-counseling cases with the Committee.
For those of you who were not able to join us, I encourage you to take a look at event photos on our Facebook page, and watch the powerful testimonies of two of our brave clients, Sonya Zollicoffer and Maurice Alexander.
Thank you for your partnership and support. Together, we are dismantling injustice and pursuing lasting change.