Chattanooga International Human Rights Day Celebration
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CHATTANOOGA, TN – The Chattanooga International Human Rights Day celebration will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Key Andrews Hall on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This year’s theme is Women’s Suffrage: Celebrating 100 Years.
The event commemorates the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on Dec 10, 1948.
Linda Moss Mines, Chattanooga and Hamilton County historian will be the guest speaker. She serves as chairwoman of the 200th Birthday Celebration and regent of the Chief John Ross Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Chattanooga International Human Rights Day planning committee chose five women to recognize whose life and career is a testament to the advancement of human rights. Through their work, they have demonstrated a dedication and have made an impact on human and women's rights. Dr. Carol Berz, Dr. Tommie Brown, Rep. JoAnne Favors, Emily O'Donnell and Dr. Elaine Swafford will be recognized for their commitment to human rights.
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The Chattanooga International Human Rights Day committee is comprised of several organizations in Tennessee who support and advocate for human and civil rights for all. Partnering organizations include: Tennessee Human Rights Commission, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Episcopal Diocese of East TN, First Horizon Bank, Derryberry Public Relations, Street Grace, Family Justice Center, Unity Group of Chattanooga.
Tennessee Human Rights Commission Chair Robin Derryberry said, “Chattanooga played a pivotal role in the effort to secure women’s right to vote 100 years ago. We are excited to note the success that has come from it by honoring Chattanooga women whose life and career is a testament to the advancement of human rights.”
The Tennessee Human Rights Commission is an independent state agency responsible for enforcing the state’s anti-discrimination laws, which prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation and coordinates compliance with Title VI of the Civil rights Act of 1964.
The Commission's role is to enforce and prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age (40 and over in employment), familial status (housing only) and retaliation in employment, housing and public accommodations.