Tennessee Human Rights Day Celebration Means Progress

Each day, each month, each year, progress is made for human rights in Tennessee.

Online PR News – 21-November-2012 – Nashville, TN – This year in August, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro officially opened its doors. Around Nashville, students learned their basic human rights through the medium of art and the Metro Human Relations Commission hosted a human rights forum for them. New alliances were formed and more people stepped up to help.

Yet, while there may be much progress, there are still human rights abuses. People are being denied access to housing and employment opportunities due to discrimination, and others are victims of human trafficking or torture. “That’s why we have to continue moving forward each year in the fight for human rights,” says Rev. Brian Fesler, Chair of the Planning Committee for Tennessee’s Human Rights Day.

The celebration will take place this year on December 10, 4-6pm at the North Police Precinct. A committee of governmental and nonprofit organizations including the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Metro Human Relations Commission, United Nations Association, Church of Scientology and others have collaborated to plan the event.

The celebration will center around the Human Rights Lifetime Achievement awards. Awardees this year include Rev. Bill Barnes who has been a freedom fighter in Nashville for over half a century, attorney George Barrett who has defending the underdog since the 1960s and Rosetta Miller-Perry who is the first black female publisher in Tennessee with her Tennessee Tribune newspaper.

“Rising Advocate” awards will also be given to individuals who show great promise in the field of human rights. Planning committee chair Rev. Brian Fesler says, “This is the second year for the Rising Advocate award. It’s been a wonderful experience looking at people who are taking up the torch for human rights.” The Rising Advocate award this year will go to Daoud Abudiab of the Islamic Center of Columbia and Cecilia Gomez who works for Free for Life International as well as Conexion Americas.

The program will also feature a panel discussion on the event’s theme: “Building a Culture of Human Rights.” Panelists include Rev. Sonnye Dixon who serves as President of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship, Allistair Newbern of the Metro Human Relations Commission, and Jocelyn Wurzburg of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.

Singer and songwriter Ross Falzone will perform two songs at the celebration and students with Southern Word will perform poems about human rights.

Prior to the formal event, information booths will be open to the public regarding various human rights agencies around Middle Tennessee.

The event is free and open to the public. Booths and networking begin at 3pm and the program starts at 4:30. For more information or to become involved with this year’s celebration, visit www.nashvillehumanrights.org.