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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton receives BCRI’s Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award

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Sephira Bailey; Doug Jones; BCRI Board Chairman; Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Recipient of The Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Awards; Odessa Woolfolk, Chairman Award; Birmingham Mayor William Bell and Andrea L. Taylor, President and CEO of the BCRI. (Stephonia Taylor Mclinn, special to The Times)

Story by Solomon Crenshaw Jr.

Photos by Stephonia Taylor McLinn and Solomon Crenshaw Jr

The Birmingham Times

Sephira Bailey; Doug Jones; BCRI Board Chairman; Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Recipient of The Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Awards; Odessa Woolfolk, Chairman Award; Birmingham Mayor William Bell and Andrea L. Taylor, President and CEO of the BCRI. (Stephonia Taylor Mclinn, special to The Times)
Sephira Bailey; Doug Jones; BCRI Board Chairman; Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Recipient of The Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Awards; Odessa Woolfolk, Chairman Award; Birmingham Mayor William Bell and Andrea L. Taylor, President and CEO of the BCRI. (Stephonia Taylor Mclinn, special to The Times)

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) on Saturday presented Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton with its annual 2016 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award.

The annual BCRI award recognizes individuals for their service to civil and human rights causes around the world

During ceremonies at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Birmingham, Norton said, “I accept it as a call for action to do all I can for reenactment of the Voting Rights Act and for the effort to confront the spread of voting rights discrimination throughout our great nation.

“In accepting this extraordinary award, I must call for a new national movement to combat national voting discrimination and suppression in the United States of America.”

Other award winners included, Odessa Woolfolk, who received the first Odessa Woolfolk Community Leadership Award. The chair emerita of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute accepted the honor “on behalf of the broad coalition of folks who toiled mightily to create and sustain this special place.”

Bobbie J. Knight, immediate past chairman of the BCRI board, and her husband, Gary Burley received the BCRI’s President’s Award, and Birmingham Mayor William Bell and the Birmingham City Council received the Chairman’s Award.

The evening featured the musical talents of conductor/arranger Dr. Henry Panion III and his orchestra, Ruben Studdard, guitarist Eric Essix, Belinda George Peoples, the Birmingham Sunlights and others.