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Nominations sought for 2021 Rev. James C. Wright Award

Rev. James C. Wright

The Madison Equal Opportunities Commission is seeking nominations for the annual Reverend James C. Wright Human Rights Award. Nominations are due by Friday, May 21.

The City of Madison Equal Opportunities Division (EOD) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) present the Rev. James CWright Human Rights Award annually to an individual who best exemplifies civil rights pioneer Rev. Wright’s dedication and compassion for civil and human rights and conducts their daily life consistent with these values.

Rev. Wright worked during the 1960s to bring about the adoption of the City of Madison’s Equal Opportunities Ordinance. Wright served as a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission prior to his appointment as executive director for the Equal Opportunities Commission. During his years with the City, he spearheaded the drafting of the City’s first affirmative action ordinance and developed a complaint resolution process for the Equal Opportunities Commission that provided a make-whole remedy for victims of discrimination. Under his leadership, the Equal Opportunities Ordinance was recognized as one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation in the country.

The award will be presented annually at the second City Council meeting in July.

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