Fulton Human Rights Commission reschedules banquet, revisits poster contest

After three months, the Celia Commemoration and Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award ceremony has been rescheduled.

The Fulton Human Rights Commission announced its re-imagined event would be held 6 p.m. March 29 at Backer Dining Hall. Tickets are $20 and available at the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce, and tickets sold for the previously-scheduled event in December will still be honored.

The annual Celia Commemoration, held each year in December in honor of a Fulton slave who was hanged for killing her abusive master, was combined with the inaugural Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award. The award honors women who are “making significant contributions with (their) time, actions and dedication” in social justice, environmental justice, economic equality, community building, education or embracing diversity, and is named after the Fulton social worker who spent her life advocating social and economic justice issues.

The Fulton Sun reported in December that Nancy McCue was named the award's first recipient for her work with a number of local groups such as the Kingdom Center for Women's Ministries and Kingdom Christian Academy.

During its Monday meeting, the commission also discussed this year's Fair Housing Month poster contest in April. The contest premiered in Fulton last year, and encourages area youth to make posters promoting Fair Housing for cash prizes.

The group agreed to rehost the contest in late April, and tentatively agreed on the theme "Give Discrimination the Boot." Posters must incorporate this theme in writing and design.

Commission members agreed to contact state officials about hosting a guest speaker on Fair Housing, and to contact Fulton Public Schools Superintendent Jacque Cowherd about promoting the contest within the school district.

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