The California Conference for Equality & Justice solicits nominations annually for the Gene Lentzner Human Relations Awards, a celebration of individuals who have made significant contributions to improving human relations at the grassroots level.
Nominees should have a track record of:
· Promoting respect and justice among all people regardless of differences in race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, nationality/migration status, gender or gender identity;
· Showing commitment to social justice and human relations by way of service (if through their work, then above and beyond their paid scope of work);
· Fostering inter-group and/or inter-faith cooperation;
· Serving Long Beach or the greater Southern California region.
About Gene Lentzner: Gene has been involved in social service, education, civil rights and human relations for most of his life. For more than 60 years, he has been dedicated to promoting racial, religious and cultural understanding even in the face of great resistance. His exceptional work in the area of human relations at a grassroots level was the impetus for the establishment of the Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award.
A recap of last year’s celebration:
Three distinguished honorees were recognized with The California Conference for Equality and Justice’s 2017 29th Annual Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award. These individuals were recognized for the significant contribution they have made in improving human relations at a grassroots level in and around Long Beach.
The always popular Awards Celebration began with entertainment by local saxophonist Brian Grace during cocktails and appetizers. The room was decorated in CCEJ’s new colors- red, orange, purple and blue.
The evening opened with thoughts from Friederike Kaufel, a first year seminarian at Meadville Lombard School of Theology and a volunteer with CCEJ’s Building Bridges Camps and RPIC Program.
Kimmy Maniquis, CCEJ’s Executive Director, introduced the CCEJ Board and staff and welcomed the elected officers and dignitaries in the room.
Gene Lentzner, Breakfast co-chair for CCEJ, inspired the audience with his thoughts about the current state of Human Relations.
The 3 honorees were presented by Megan Kerr, Dr. Minnie Douglas and LaDawn Best and Porter Gilberg, with heartfelt presentations for all 3 Human Relations honorees.
Teresa Gomez from the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services presented an award to Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach.
To see photos from the 29thAnnual Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award click here.