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Tennessee Human Rights Commission 60th Anniversary Celebration July 2

by Cass Teague
L-r) Russ Wigginton, Clifton Harris, and Roshun Austin.

The Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC) celebrates its 60th Anniversary Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in downtown Nashville. The theme is “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Safeguarding our Future: Marking 60 years of Civil Rights in Tennessee.”

And, you are cordially invited!

The event, on the same date as the 60th Anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will commemorate important figures and moments of the Civil Rights Movement, celebrate the evolution and the accomplishments of THRC over the past 60 years, and discuss prominent civil rights issues and highlight the state of Civil Rights today and in the future of Tennessee, and honor civil rights champions in Tennessee and on the horizon.

The event, 5:30 – 8:00 pm CDT, will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, special guest speakers and live entertainment. The Reception is in the NMAAM Lobby, with the event program in the Roots Theater. Roots Theater seats are reserved for Event Sponsors, with seating in the Lobby for Attendees. Attendance is FREE, however pre-registration is required, the deadline to register is Friday, June 28.

The Jocelyn D. Wurzburg Civil Rights Legacy Award will honor a recipient who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to human rights who has cultivated a more inclusive and equitable community and environment for all. It is named after the former THRC Commissioner, who wrote the legislation that became the Tennessee Human Rights Act in 1978.

Speakers to discuss challenges in Civil Rights today and in the future of TN for the “Safeguarding our Future” panel conversation include Dr. Russ Wigginton, President of the National Civil Rights Museum, joins Clifton Harris. President and CEO of the Urban League of Middle TN, and Roshun Austin, President and CEO of The Works, Inc., and others.

Please consider registering as a Sponsor; that deadline is Friday, June 14, 2024. All sponsorships include recognition and advertising in the event program, reserved seating, and a listing on the THRC website and in the Annual Report. Benefits are based on level of contribution, available space and the date sponsor forms are received. For more information, contact: THRC.Communications@tn.gov or (800) 251-3589.

The four levels of Sponsorship, and their benefits, are: DIAMOND, $5,000, Eight (8) Reserved Seats, your Logo displayed during Event, a Full Page Ad in the Program, Recognition on the Website and Annual Report. GOLD, $2,500, Six (6) Reserved Seats, Logo displayed during Event, Half Page Ad in Program, Recognition on Website and Annual Report. SILVER, $1,000, Four (4) Reserved Seats, 1/4 Page Ad in Program. BRONZE, $500, Two (2) Reserved Seats, Logo in Program, Recognition on Website. FRIEND OF THRC, $250, One (1) Reserved Seat, Logo displayed during Event, Recognition on Website and Annual Report, and Name in Program. IN-KIND = In-kind donations of goods and/or services, Name in Program, other benefits dependent on level of contribution.

The mission of THRC is to “safeguard individuals from discrimination through education and enforcement”. It is important that THRC partners and supporters acknowledge the civil rights laws that are enforced by the Commission and align with their values of equality and justice for all.

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