The Iowa City Human Rights Commission will honor the following individuals during its 34th Annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast later this month:

  • Fred Martin, Jr. (posthumously) and Helen Paige Martin: The Isabel Turner Award for work for fair and ethical treatment 
  • Stella & Bram Elias: The Rick Graf Award for long-term commitment to a specific cause for the benefit of a specific group of persons
  • David Schwindt, Iowa City Police Department: The Linda Severson Award for contributions to human rights by an individual in a service organization
  • Gregory L. Hearns, Iowa City Federation of Labor: The Bill Reagan Community Award for contributions to human rights by a business
  • Kimberly Shiu: The Kenneth Cmiel Award for actively working in the human rights field in a dedicated and determined way

The awards breakfast will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in the Second Floor Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison St. Breakfast will be available starting at 7:15 a.m., with the program beginning promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Tickets are $20 per person through October 15, and $25 per person beginning October 16 and must be purchased by Friday, Oct. 20 at Tickets will not be sold at the door. Nine reduced-price tickets are available at $10 each on a first-come first-served basis. Contact Equity Director Stefanie Bowers to request them. 

Former Iowa State Senator and activist Jean Lloyd-Jones will provide the keynote address, Finding Our Swing: Pulling Together for the Common Good

For questions, or assistance with disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this program, contact Stefanie Bowers at 319-356-5022 or email

A graphic of the human rights awards winners in 2017.

Date of publication

Tuesday, October 03, 2017