Annette Miller, emerging markets and community development director for Madison Gas & Electric (MGE), received a standing ovation at last night Common Council meeting as Mayor Paul Soglin presented her with the 2016 Reverend James C. Wright Human Rights Award.
The Equal Opportunities Commission’s Selection Committee had chosen Annette Miller for the award which honors the late Reverend James C. Wright, who served as executive director of the Equal Opportunities Commission from its inception in 1968 until his retirement in 1992. The award is given to an individual who best exemplifies Rev. Wright’s dedication and compassion for civil and human rights, aligning their daily life in consistency with these values.
“I was honored tonight to receive the James C. Wright Human Rights Award from the City of Madison EOC Commission, Mayor Paul Soglin, and Madison Common Council,” Miller said last night in a post on her Facebook page. “I stood and stand alongside many people and didn’t get this without help from all my friends, family, co-workers, community colleagues and peers. Thank you for all the kind words of congratulations and warm wishes. Truly appreciative and humbled. Thank you!”
This year marks the 21st annual presentation of the Reverend James C. Wright Human Rights Award to a deserving individual in the Madison community. Miller joins a prestigious list of names who have won the Rev. Wright Award that include Jacqueline Wright, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, Anthony “Nino” Amato, Earnestine Moss, Jeffery Erlanger, Dr. Richard Davis, Darlene Hancock, Alfonso Studesville, Charlestine “Charlie” Daniel, Dr. Floyd Rose, and more.