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SALDEF SALDEF Honors Civil Rights Leader And Oregon State Representative


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Jun 17, 2004
SALDEF Honors Civil Rights Leader and Oregon State Representative

SALDEF is pleased to announce the first two awardees to be recognized at the 2010 SALDEF National Gala to be held in Washington D.C. on October 16, 2010. We will honor Mr. Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and Oregon Speaker of the House Dave Hunt for their exceptional efforts in furthering civil rights.

Wade Henderson, President and CEO of LCCR

Dorothy Height Coalition Building Award

This award is presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and collaborative efforts to achieve equality for all. Mr. Henderson is the President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation's premier civil rights coalition. Mr. Henderson is also the Joseph L. Rauh Professor of Public Interest at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. Mr. Henderson attended Howard University and received his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. Mr. Henderson began his national career with the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union and was Director of the NAACP's Washington bureau. Mr. Henderson is well known for his expertise on a wide range of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues. He works principally in the areas of civil rights enforcement; voting rights; public education reform; fair housing policy; immigration policy reform; media and telecommunication policy; economic and political empowerment for people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and the poor.

Dave Hunt, Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives

Dalip Singh Saund Legislative Leadership Award

This award recognizes the contributions of an elected official in supporting the Asian American community. The award is named after the Honorable Dalip Singh Saund, the first Asian American elected to the U.S. Congress. Speaker Hunt authored legislation that overturned the ban on Sikh Americans and other individuals of faith who wear religious garb from teaching in Oregon public schools. Speaker Hunt is serving in his fourth term in the Oregon House of Representatives. After being elected in 2002, Speaker Hunt was elected by his Democratic colleagues as Majority Leader in 2006, and in 2009 he was elected Speaker of the House. Additionally, since 2001, Speaker Hunt has been employed as Executive Director of the Columbia River Channel Coalition and the Association of Pacific Ports, working to enhance trade and job opportunities.

Please join us in honoring these remarkable individuals through an evening of celebration, culture and achievement on October 16, 2010.

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