2020 Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration
Join CRSJ for the 2020 Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration, honoring legendary Award Recipient, Marian Wright Edelman, one of our nation's foremost civil rights champions and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Founder and President Emerita of the Children's Defense Fund, the country's strongest voice for children and families, Mrs. Edelman was the first African-American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar while courageously directing the NAACP LDF's Jackson, Mississippi office at the height of the battle for civil rights in the deep South, and subsequently serving as Counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign. The virtual celebration honoring Mrs. Edelman will take place on Friday, July 31 at 4:30 p.m. Central.
The ABA Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration recognizes long-term contributions by individuals who have significantly advanced civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights. In this moment of crescendoing national determination to address this country's shameful legacy of systemic racism, it is especially fitting that we honor and hear the inspirational words of Mrs. Edelman, and engage in a conversation with Valerie Jarrett, leading author, attorney, businesswoman and former senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama.
We invite your organization to become a sponsor of the 2020 Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration. Sponsorship for the 2020 Celebration is available at 5 different levels: Mission Partner ($15,000), Advocate ($10,000), Benefactor ($5,000), Patron ($2,500), and Supporter ($1,000). When you participate through sponsorship, you help fund the innovative projects and programs implemented by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice to ensure that protection of civil rights remains a focus of legal and policy decisions. These programs express the profession's commitment to achieving through the legal system, the American ideals of justice, freedom, and equality for all.
The Section thanks all of the 2020 Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration sponsors for their generous support. Learn more about sponsorship →
Individual tickets are $100/ticket and available through Annual Meeting Registration. If you are not an ABA member, and wish to attend only the Award Celebration, please contact the Section.
The Award Celebration is an imperative funding source for CRSJ programs responding to complex legal civil rights and social justice issues. Your ticket is a charitable donation, made through the ABA Fund for Justice and Education, and is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tickets are on sale now →