Black Lives Matter groups receive human rights awards at Town Hall

Black Lives Matter was the theme for this year’s Annual Human Rights Day Celebration in Seattle and two Central Area organizations particularly active in the movement were recognized Thursday night for their work.

Youth Undoing Institutional Racism received the Rising Human Rights Leaders award for its role in the campaign to stop the new youth jail slated to replace the aging facility at 12th and Alder. The Africatown Innovation Center also received an honorary award. The organization was founded by Central District activist Wyking Garrett, who runs the Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center at 23rd and Spring.

The 16th annual Human Rights Day Celebration, held Thursday at Town Hall Seattle, was hosted by the City of Seattle’s Human Rights Commission and the Race and Social Justice Initiative.

Here are the award recipients from the 2015 ceremony:

From Seattle Human Rights Commission:

Rising Human Rights Leaders: Youth Undoing Institutional Racism
Individual Human Rights Leader: Mary Flowers
Business Human Rights Leader: On Point Real Estate
Organization Human Rights Leader: Books to Prisoners
Coalition Human Rights Leader: Rainier Beach Action Coalition
Artist Human Rights Leader: Nikkita Oliver
Honorary Award: Africatown Innovation Center

From the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities:

Excellence in Inclusion: Councilmember Bruce Harrell and Teesha Kirschbaum

From the United Nations Association:

Eleanor Roosevelt: PeaceTrees Vietnam

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