Community members attended the Universal Human Rights Day event. Photo courtesy of Prince William County.
Individuals and organizations are having an impact on the community.
Several were honored at a Woodbridge event.
The Prince William County Human Rights Commission held a Universal Human Rights Day program at the McCoart Government Building on January 18.
During the annual event, the 2020 Human Rights Awards were presented.
“The people we’re honoring today come from every walk of life … and they’re persistent,” said Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) Chair Ann Wheeler, who served as the keynote speaker. “They aid in the creation of an environment that maximizes the potential of others. They recognize unique contributions of individuals.”
Congressman Gerry Connolly talked, as well, according to a release from Prince William County.
The “building blocks” of the United States, he explained, can be found in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
“Thank God that we at least say, ‘That’s what we’re striving toward and we hold ourselves to that high standard.’ That’s what we celebrate today,” Connolly said. “There are people among us that we want to recognize for their individual efforts because that’s how human rights prevail – small community-based efforts that build. It doesn’t start necessarily at the top. It starts in our local community.”
These are the awardees:
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