MORGANTOWN, W.VA. – The Morgantown Human Rights Commission is spotlighting local residents and organizations that exemplify the spirit of diversity and human rights in the community with its annual Human Rights Day Awards.

The award winners for 2018 are Barbara Evans Fleischauer for the individual award and the League of Women Voters – Morgantown/Monongalia County for the group/organization award. The awards will be presented during the Morgantown City Council meeting on December 18 at 7 p.m. These award recipients have provided outstanding leadership in the support and advocacy of human rights and have enabled the city to become a more inclusive community.

Following the award presentation, an award program will take place at the Aull Center at 351 Spruce Street. The community is invited to attend the event and join the celebration of Human Rights Day as well as the Annual Human Rights Awards. Meshea Poore, Vice President for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at WVU will speak at the reception, and the award recipients will be recognized and will speak briefly about their experience.

December 10 marked the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a shout across the world by the leading countries in the world, stating loud and clear that no matter where we live, what we believe, or how we love, we are each individually deserving of the most basic respect for human needs. Every year, Human Rights Day marks conferences around the world dedicated to ensuring that these ideals are pursued, and that the basic Human Rights of every person is made a priority in the global community.

ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
The purpose of the Human Rights Commission is to provide leadership for addressing community interaction and fairness concerns. It works to ensure that the City is not only providing services but maintaining ways in which a community can live together inclusively, functionally, and justly despite differences, complexities, and conflicts. The Commission focuses on stewardship and service, but also on the quality of community life and the protection of the community from preventable unfair damage to the lives of individual citizens and families.

CONTACT: Andrew Stacy, Communications Manager
astacy@morgantownwv.gov
304-284-7426