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First lady Michelle Obama and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Campaign are among 12 recipients of prestigious annual NEA award

Washington, DC - June 25, 2018 -

First Lady Michelle Obama and the Know Your Rights Campaign, founded by professional quarterback and racial and social justice advocate Colin Kaepernick, are among the dozen recipients of the prestigious National Education Association Human and Civil Rights Awards. The theme of the awards ceremony is Many Dreams, One Voice. The awards also will feature celebrity emcee, political commentator, and social justice advocate Angela Rye and entertainer Chaka Khan.

The merger of the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Teachers Association (ATA) in 1966 produced the annual NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards. ATA, which represented Black teachers in segregated schools, traditionally honored leaders in the justice and civil rights movement annually. Since the merger, NEA has recognized and honored educators, individuals, community partners, and organizations that are advancing the mantle for human and civil rights.

In addition to recognizing first lady Michelle Obama and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Campaign, NEA will recognize the following individuals and organizations for continuing the quest for human and civil rights in America.


NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, NEA elected leaders, educators and special guests


2018 NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards: Many Dreams, One Voice


Sunday, July 1st, 2018; reception 5:30 and awards ceremony 6:30 p.m.


Main Auditorium, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN 55403


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em>The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.


Miguel A. Gonzalez, NEA Communications