Recognizing the Recipients of the 2013 Prince William County Human Rights Commission Awardsby Representative Gerald E. Connolly
Posted on 2013-01-25
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 25, 2013
Mr. CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the recipients
of the 2013 Prince William County Human Rights Commission Awards.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors, BOCS, implemented the Human Rights Ordinance January 15, 1993, formally establishing the Human Rights Commission. Two years prior, the BOCS formed the Human Rights Study Committee to explore the needs of a community that was growing in population and diversity. An exhaustive effort that included numerous Committee meetings and public hearings identified a strong community desire for a human rights ordinance and an agency to enforce it. The Human Rights Ordinance prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, marital status or disability, in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit, in Prince William County.
The BOCS approved the Ordinance in September 1992 to ensure that ``each citizen is treated fairly, provided equal protection of the law and equal opportunity to participate in the benefits, rights, and privileges of community life.'' Residents enlist the services of the Commission if they feel their rights have been violated in the areas of employment, fair housing, credit, education and public accommodation.
In celebration of Universal Human Rights Day, the Human Rights Commission recognizes individuals and organizations that promote the principles of human rights in Prince William County. It is my honor to enter into the Congressional Record the recipients of the 2013 Prince William County Human Rights Commission Awards: Stephen Dittmer, Connie Moser, Lillian Garland, Ralph Smith, Lydia Stewart.
The Human Rights Commission Hall of Fame honorees: [[Page E68]] Police Chief Charlie T. Deane is a two-time Commission award recipient. He is being honored for his 42-years of service to the Prince William County Police Department and for providing equitable services to all county residents.
Mary Porter, Maxine Coleman, Zella Brown and Fannie Fitzgerald constituted ``The Courageous Four,'' a group of four African-American teachers who integrated the Prince William County Public Schools in 1964. They are being honored for promoting the smooth transition to desegregated schools.
The Human Rights Study Committee: Donald T. Poe, Chair, Fred Allen, Richard Brown, Jr., Ethel Georges, Provi Gonzales, Bob Prevatte, Herbert A. Rountree, Rajendra P. Singh, Eric Tatum, and Manual L. Velasquez.
Mr. Speaker, I ask that my colleagues join me in commending the recipients of the 2013 Prince William County Human Rights Commission Awards. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to these honorees for their efforts to safeguard our most basic rights and remind us of our common humanity. Let us use their example to rededicate ourselves to the fight against inequity and injustice.