WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2022
JUSTICE AND EQUALITY
CELEBRATING CHAMPIONS OF
HIGGINBOTHAM CORPORATE LEADERSHIP AWARDEE
Chairman and CEO
Professor of Law
Co-founder and Executive Director of AAPF
RACIAL JUSTICE TRAILBLAZER AWARDEE
Award winning actress, producer and CEO
DISTINGUISHED CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE AWARDEE
U.S. Senator New Jersey
U.S. Capitol Police Officers who protected our democracy on January 6
SPECIAL GUEST EMCEE
Emmy Award-Winning Legal Journalist and Co-Host of ABC's The View
OUR PARTNERSHIP IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
We experienced a shift of conscience in the summer of 2020 following numerous acts of police violence against Black people that culminated with the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. In response to these tragic incidents, there was an urgency to acknowledge and address our nation’s ugly legacy of White supremacy and Jim Crow. There was a synergy of energy that propelled people to lean into difficult but frank conversations about race, hundreds of thousands took to the streets to protest, top companies donated millions to racial equity initiatives, while others started coalitions and joined the movement to address historic harms and chart a new course for racial justice.
To finish what we started, the Lawyers’ Committee has focused on building partnerships that foster a culture of democracy and amplifies power, prosperity, voice and opportunity for Black and Brown communities. We urge you to not let this moment wane but seize this opportunity to keep your pledge to eradicate systems and policies that impede progress for these communities.
So, what can you, our partners do now? You can stand with us as we fight for Black and Brown communities in and outside the courts; join us as we salute those who have championed the cause of justice and equality; and support our important work by sponsoring this event at the highest level possible. Your financial support will help fuel the work we are doing to re-present a democracy that has awakened to its promise of liberty and justice for all.
The Higginbotham Leadership Awards gala is named in honor of A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. a celebrated statesman, civil rights champion, author, professor, historian, and federal appeals court judge. The Lawyers’ Committee hosts the Higginbotham Awards gala annually to highlight the exemplary contributions of corporate executives, policy makers, professional athletes, authors, artists and other individuals who champion the cause of justice and equality for all. The gala is one of the largest events in the civil rights community. We invite you to join us as we build partnerships that foster a culture of democracy and amplifies power, prosperity, voice and opportunity for all Americans but particularly, Black and Brown communities.
THANK YOU SPONSORS
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to mobilize the nation’s leading lawyers as agents for change in the Civil Rights Movement. Today, the Lawyers’ Committee uses legal advocacy to achieve racial justice, fighting inside and outside the courts to ensure that Black people and other people of color have the voice, opportunity, and power to make the promises of our democracy real. The Lawyers’ Committee implements its mission and objectives by marshaling the pro bono resources of the bar for litigation, public policy, advocacy and other forms of service by lawyers to the cause of civil rights.