Prominent civil rights leader coming to town



Wade Henderson
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Attention, civil rights supporters: Wade Henderson is coming to Colorado Springs.

Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. He's one of the leading voices for civil rights in the nation.

Before taking his current position in the mid-1990s, Henderson was the Washington Bureau director of the NAACP. Before that, he was the associate director of the Washington national office of the ACLU.

Henderson has won numerous awards, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights.

Read on to learn more:

Wade Henderson, President & CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human
Rights, and one of the country’s leading voices for change, will be the keynote speaker for the
Colorado Springs Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Community Awards Gala Oct. 15.

The NAACP Gala begins at 6 PM with the President’s Reception and continues at 7 PM
with Dinner, Program and Awards Presentation, will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

“We are pleased to bring Wade Henderson, a respected member of the leadership of the
civil rights movement and an icon in his own right, to Colorado Springs,” said Rosemary Harris
Lytle, President of the Colorado Springs Branch NAACP. “From defending equal opportunity
to promoting women’s rights to his newest fights to end racial profiling and promote jobs in a
new economy, Wade Henderson is an important voice on Capitol Hill and beyond. His thought
provoking stories, wisdom and encouragement will provide a foundation from which to launch
our work as we continue in the next year of NAACP activism.”

Community Awards will also be presented at the Gala.

Among those receiving awards are:

Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios and Oasis Barber & Beauty — Small Business Award
for their work in providing capacity for the NAACP’s work in HIV/AIDS prevention through
the “Know Your Status Program” that takes HIV testing and education to locations throughout
the community.

Rev. Nori Rost, Pastor All Souls Unitarian Church — Religious Affairs Award for her
strong support of the NAACP and her unwavering voice for social justice and civil rights.

Dr. Regina Lewis, Pikes Peak Community College and Anthony Cordova, University
of Colorado-Colorado Springs — Education Award for their support of college attendance and
higher education, particularly for first generation, minority students and other non traditional

Thomas Bennett Jr, community activist — Rita A. Southerland Community Service Award
for long time contributions to the vibrancy of the Colorado Springs community.

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