Hank Aaron Champion for Justice Awards
June 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Join the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Atlanta Braves and Delta Air Lines as we celebrate 3 community agents of change: Sportscaster, Bob Costas, Former US Attorney General, Eric Holder and Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto. The honorees will receive the Hank Aaron Champion for Justice Award and lead a discussion about Atlanta’s strong history during the American Civil Rights Movement while also discussing the roles they play in the protection of civil and human rights.
Thanks to the generosity of the Atlanta Braves, everyone that attends this event will receive two tickets to the Braves vs Orioles game either on Friday, June 22 or Saturday, June 23, 2018.
Bob Costas has won 28 Emmy awards – more than any sports broadcaster. His versatility has been recognized with awards and nominations in the categories of hosting, play-by-play, writing, journalism, news, and entertainment. He is the only person ever to have won Emmy’s in news, sports, and entertainment. His news Emmy was awarded for his 2011 interview with Jerry Sandusky, the central figure in the Penn State scandal. His entertainment Emmy came in 1993 for his acclaimed late night program “Later with Bob Costas.
Bob’s peers have named him the “National Sportscaster of the Year” a record eight times, and in 2012, he was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Also in 2012, Bob was selected for the Walter Cronkite Award for distinction in journalism. He and Al Michaels are the only sports broadcasters to be so honored.
In the summer of 2018, Bob will be inducted into the broadcaster’s ring of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He joins broadcasting luminaries such as: Vin Scully, Red Barber, Mel Allen, Jack Buck, Ernie Harwell, and Dick Enberg. The award, named after former Baseball Commissioner, Ford C Frick, honors those who have demonstrated “excellence in baseball broadcasting.”
From the “Baseball Game of the Week” in the 1980s, through his hosting of the Olympics, the late night interview program “Later…with Bob Costas,” his programs on HBO, and more, Bob has been a prominent part of the coverage of every major sport over the past three decades. His thoughtful commentaries on a variety of issues have established him as one of his generation’s most distinctive voices.
The 2016 Rio, Brazil Summer Olympic Games were Bob’s 12th for NBC. Additionally, he has hosted seven Super Bowls, and has been part of the coverage as either play-by play announcer, or host of seven World Series, and ten NBA Finals. Bob has been a prominent part of NBC’s presentations of other major events, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, as well as the U. S. Open Golf Championship.
Beyond NBC, Bob’s work with HBO, and Major League Baseball Network have drawn widespread praise. In 2000 Bob’s book, “Fair Ball, a Fan’s Case for Baseball” spent several weeks on the New York Times best seller list. His collaborations with Joe Garner on a series of coffee table books and audio sports histories have also been best sellers.
Following the 2016 NFL season, Bob announced that he would no longer be hosting NBC’s Sunday Night Football coverage, and would also conclude his quarter century run as host of NBC’s Olympic coverage. He will continue to contribute to NBC News programs, such as “Nightly News” and the “Today Show,” and will make special appearances on major events for NBC Sports.
Bob has also increased his presence at MLBN, where he has been able to return to his first love, baseball – contributing interviews, commentaries, and play-by-play to the network.
Bob is a native of Queens, New York and grew up on Long Island. He attended Syracuse University in New York, where he majored in communications. He began his professional career at WSYR-TV and radio in 1973 while studying at Syracuse before joining KMOX radio in St. Louis in 1974. He has been with NBC since 1980.
Eric Holder advises clients on complex investigations and litigation matters, including those that are international in scope and involve significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns. Mr. Holder, who was a partner at Covington from 2001 to 2009, rejoined the firm after serving for six years as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States.
Before his service as Attorney General, Mr. Holder maintained a wide-ranging investigations and litigation practice at Covington. Among numerous significant engagements, he led the firm’s representation of a major multi-national agricultural company in related civil, criminal, and investigative matters; acted as counsel to a special investigative committee of the board of directors of a Fortune 50 technology company; successfully tried a complex discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a leading financial services company; and represented several life sciences companies in litigation and investigations.
Mr. Holder served as Attorney General from February 2009 to April 2015. As the third longest serving Attorney General in S. history and the first African American to hold that office, Mr. Holder is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, and national security issues. In 2014, Time magazine named Mr. Holder to its list of 100 Most Influential People, noting that he had “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.”
Including his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Holder has served in government for more than thirty years, having been appointed to various positions requiring U.S. Senate confirmation by Presidents Obama, Clinton and Reagan.
Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto was born in San Juan on February 25, 1963. She attended the University of Puerto Rico High School, where she held various leadership positions, including being President of her class from the 8th grade to 12th grade; she was also Student Council President and represented her school at the Presidential Classroom for Young Americans in Washington D.C.
Yulín, as she likes to be called, also distinguished herself as an athlete, running the 100, 200, and 400-meter dash as well as the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meter relays, all while establishing various records in the Puerto Rican High School league, as well also holding a record in the juvenile league in Puerto Rico.
Ms. Cruz attended the University of Boston, Massachusetts, graduating Cum Laude in Political Science. Afterwards, she received a full scholarship from the Sloan Foundation to complete her Master’s degree in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
At Carnegie Mellon, she was the first student to receive the Spirit Award, now known as the Barbara Jenkins Award, an honor bestowed upon the student who elicited a positive impact on the quality of life of other students, in and out of the classroom.
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Carmen Yulín was hired by Westinghouse to be part of their highly selective program for the development of Managers in Human Resources. She subsequently worked as Human Resources Director for the Office of Thrift Supervision in the Department of Treasury of the United States of America.
In 1992, after living in the United States for 12 years, she moved back to Puerto Rico and served as Manager and Director of Human Resources for various companies in the private sector, such as Colgate-Palmolive, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Cellular One (now AT&T), and Scotiabank.
However, her true passion called her and she decided to return to the Public Sector. First, she became an advisor to then Mayor of San Juan, Sila María Calderón, and then went on to advise the Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, until finding her own path and deciding to run for office.
In 2008 she was elected Representative At-Large for the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. Ms. Cruz enjoyed her time in the House and was poised to return for another term as Representative, having received the most votes for re-election in the Primary of March 2012. Destiny, however, had other plans for her. At the end of March 2012, she accepted the nomination to run for Mayor of San Juan, an aspiration she had held since childhood. And on November 2012, after a historic seven month long campaign, she won the election and became Mayor. In November 2016, she was reelected by an even wider margin.
Carmen Yulín is an active advocate for equality, fighting for the LGBTT community, the deaf community, and children with functional diversity as well as those who have struggled with gender-based violence. She is also a champion for the rights of immigrants.
Her vision of public service is one of governing not for the people, but with the people. She believes a better society is built by having strong student organizations, labor unions, and by implementing programs such as Participatory Budgets, wherein the people in each community decide how to best develop sustainable plans for themselves.
A true believer in alliances and working partnerships, for Yulín, those are the key to finding common ground to successfully achieve better and greater objectives for the common good.
In her book El Poder está en la Calle (Power Is In the Street), she writes about the struggles and experiences of the people, and how rewarding it can be to find their own power to change society and to change the country. For Carmen Yulín Cruz, the principles of justice and equality are her ultimate passion and commitment in life.
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane María completely devastated Puerto Rico. Mayor Cruz’s became a strong advocate for getting much needed help and dignified care for the people of Puerto Rico.
As a result of her relentless efforts, numerous non-governmental organizations and private companies supported the recovery efforts for San Juan and the rest of the Island. “This is not about politics, this is about saving lives,” she continues to repeat incessantly.
As a result of her tireless commitment to the people of San Juan and Puerto Rico in this humanitarian crisis, Mayor Cruz has received various recognitions and awards, including the Martin Luther King Centre Humanitarian Leadership Award in 2018, the Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award in 2018, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Humanitarian Award 2017. She was also nominated by People en Español as one of the 50 most Powerful Women in 2017, and TIME Magazine chose her as candidate for Person of the Year recognition in 2017.