Human Rights Advocate Awards
Awards are bestowed on individuals who have made significant contributions to human rights in Tennessee, or who have roots in Tennessee and have made an impact elsewhere around the globe. Recipients are recognized annually at the Tennessee celebration of International Human Rights Day.
The award for Lifetime Achievement is given to individuals who have dedicated their life and career to the advancement of human rights.
Introduced in 2011, the Rising Advocate Award is bestowed upon individuals early in their career who have already demonstrated a dedication and contribution to human rights.
Introduced in 2014, the Outstanding Service Award is presented to devoted human rights leaders who have done amazing work to forward human rights in the state of Tennessee.
Lifetime Achievement – Rev. V. H. “Sonnye” Dixon, Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr.
Outstanding Service – Dr. James Hildreth, Rev. Becca Stevens
Rising Advocate – Alora Young
Lifetime Achievement – Abby Rubenfeld, Rev. Edwin C. Sanders II
Outstanding Service – Keith Caldwell, Rashed Fakruddhin
Rising Advocate – Frances Anderson, Tequila Johnson
Lifetime Achievement – King Hollands, Dr. Blondell Strong Kimbrough
Outstanding Service – Dawn Deaner, Tom Negri
Rising Advocate – Fayo Abadula, Anne Barnett, Odessa Kelly, Community Oversight Now
Lifetime Achievement – Senator Thelma Harper, Joey King
Outstanding Service – Jerry Redman, Zulfat Suara
Rising Advocate – Kayo Beshir, Pratik Dash, Madison White
Lifetime Achievement – Dr. Charles Kimbrough
Outstanding Service – Juan Canedo, Derri Smith
Rising Advocate – Anna Carella, Justin Jones, Mohamed Shukri-Hassan
Lifetime Achievement – Kwame Lillard, Bernard Werthan
Outstanding Service – Dr. Marisa Richmond
Rising Advocate – Ashford Hughes Sr., Aisha Lbhalla
Lifetime Achievement – Fr. Joseph Breen, First Baptist Capitol Hill
Outstanding Service – Yuri Cunza, Avi Poster
Rising Advocate – Eben Cathey, Daynise Joseph
Lifetime Achievement – Carrie Gentry, Elliott Ozment, Rev. James “Tex” Thomas
Rising Advocate – Stephanie Teatro, Gatluak Thach
Lifetime Achievement – Rev. Bill Barnes, Attorney George Barrett, Rosetta Miller Perry
Rising Advocate – Daoud Abudiab, Cecilia Gomez
Lifetime Achievement – Jerry Lee, Sheila Peters
Rising Advocate – MarQo Patton, Remziya Suleyman
Lifetime Achievement – Don Beisswenger, Jocelyn Dan Wurzburg, Tommie Morton Young
Lifetime Achievement – Fred Cloud, Inez Crutchfield
Lifetime Achievement – Rev. Dr. James Lawson, Mr. John Seigenthaler