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ACLU of Colorado By: ACLU of Colorado 10.20.2014

A wonderful evening at the Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner

Last Friday, October 17, the ACLU of Colorado held its annual Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. Attended by close to 300 supporters, the dinner featured award presentations to outstanding civil rights and civil liberties leaders and featured speaker Dennis Parker, national ACLU Racial Justice Program Director.

Congratulations to honorees Bob Connelly, Laura Rovner, and the late Dr. Vincent Harding. And thank you to our wonderful sponsors, supporters, and attendees for a fantastic evening!

Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Martha Radetsky Award recipient Bob Connelly, and Deputy Director Stephen Meswarb

Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Martha Radetsky Award recipient Bob Connelly, and Deputy Director Stephen Meswarb

Presenter Jeanne Theoharis, Edward Sherman Award recipient Laura Rovner, and Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Presenter Jeanne Theoharis, Edward Sherman Award recipient Laura Rovner, and Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley; Aljosie Aldrich Harding, widow of the late Dr. Vincent Harding, recipient of the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award; and presenter Arthur Jones

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley; Aljosie Aldrich Harding, widow of the late Dr. Vincent Harding, recipient of the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award; and presenter Arthur Jones

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Bob Connelly, Laura Rovner, Aljosie Aldrich Harding, and featured speaker Dennis Parker

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Bob Connelly, Laura Rovner, Aljosie Aldrich Harding, and featured speaker Dennis Parker

Dennis Parker speaks to assembled guests at the Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner

Dennis Parker speaks to assembled guests at the Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner

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