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Each year, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights educates roughly 200,000 visitors about the American Civil Rights Movement and presents human rights issues around the world to put historical lessons into a modern context. The training and educational programs created by The Center serve as a hub of activity for those who seek to understand and engage in civic life.
Our Power to Inspire Tribute Dinner is the single largest gathering of The Center’s community each year, and celebrates individuals who have made a significant impact to protect the rights of others.
Past honorees have included leaders, activists and scholars such as Joe Biden (after his Vice Presidency); Ted Turner; Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; and The King Center.
This year our theme is The Power of Truth, highlighting the importance of acknowledging the truths of our history and celebrating individuals who speak out about injustice. Support from Power to Inspire ensures The Center can deliver on our mission.
When: Thursday, October 13, 2022 6:00-9:00PM EST
Where: The Georgia Aquarium Ballroom
Make a commitment to supporting justice and dignity by becoming a sponsor of the 8th Annual Power to Inspire Dinner. Together we can inspire and educate more people to protect civil and human rights for all.
For more information, please contact Jasmine Martinez, at [email protected]
Table Sponsor: $5,000
Donna Stephens is an Atlanta native, graduate of Georgia State University, community organizer, representative for the US EPA Environmental Justice Academy, and a force of nature on issues related to historical truth and environmental justice. After Emancipation, thousands of African Americans were re-enslaved because a practice known as “convict leasing.” Government officials arrested and imprisoned African Americans — on false or trumped-up charges — and leased them to businesses to work in labor camps. When Donna discovered convict leasing happened in her Atlanta neighborhood, she committed herself to telling the stories of these victims and lead an effort to turn one site where convict leasing happened into a memorial. Read Donna’s full bio.
Nujeen Mustafa is an advocate for the rights of refugees and people with disabilities. Nujeen was a teenager when bombs began falling in her hometown of Aleppo, Syria. Her family didn’t have enough money for everyone to flee, so Nujeen and her sister embarked on a grueling 16-month journey to Germany by road, boat, and bus – with Nujeen in her wheelchair. Because of this journey, Nujeen has become a vocal advocate for refugee and disability rights. Read Nujeen’s full bio.
The following individuals and institutions will be recognized at the 2022 Power to Inspire Tribute Dinner for their work on economic opportunity in the fight for racial equality.
As one of only 18 black-owned banks in the United States, Carver State Bank helps communities that are historically underserved by helping to develop financial freedom through introducing capital into financially distressed neighborhoods.
Paul Viera is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Analytics, a global research, and data analytics firm. Paul’s passion for equality led him to develop Return Pattern Recognition®, the investment methodology used to screen equities at EARNEST Partners, a global investment firm overseeing assets of $30 billion. Paul is now applying that approach to his work with Harmony Analytics, which operates at the intersection of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policies, helping individuals make socially conscious investment decisions and encouraging responsible business practices.
Unity National Bank is the only African-American owned banking institution in Texas. Unity National Bank’s lending program has always been geared toward helping to rebuild the community and they continue to stress mortgage loans to those individuals who express an interest in financing for their primary residence. Unity National’s business lending philosophies encourage the use of various agencies to increase and enhance the possibilities of loan approval.