This Human Rights Day celebrations puts a spotlight on local organizations and initiatives who are making waves in the community, and places them in context with broader issues happening across America. This year’s program (the city’s 16th annual event!) features a keynote by UCLA and Columbia professor Kimberlé Crenshaw for an exploration of the Black Lives Matter movement and its impacts. Crenshaw, whose course offerings focus on civil rights and critical race studies, is a co-founder of The African American Policy Forum think tank which aims to “dismantle structural inequality.” The evening will also celebrate the 2015 Human Rights Awards for local individuals and organizations. Human Rights Day annually commemorates the December 10, 1948 signing of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Pre-program info: Prior to the event there will be a 6pm reception and human rights poster presentation by UW students. The reception and poster presentation are open to all.

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