Public Invited to Attend Universal Human Rights Day Program on Feb. 9

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Provided by Prince William County

*** Due to the possible inclement weather predicted for Saturday, January 14, the Human Rights Commission has decided to postpone its celebration of Universal Human Rights Day. The celebration will be held on Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 p. m. in the Board Chamber of the McCoart building.

The public is invited to attend the Universal Human Rights Day program this Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9:00 a. m. in the A J Ferlazzo Building Auditorium, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge. The theme of the program is “Building Strong, Resilient, and Inclusive Communities.” Mahalia Dryden-Mason, Fair Housing Training Specialist for the Virginia Department of Professoinal and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) will be the keynote speaker and will talk about fair housing in Virginia.

The program includes breakfast and the annual presentation of the Human Rights Awards given to members of the community who provide unique contributions to human and civil rights. The 2016 winners are Dr. George Hampton, Maria Burgos, The Annie B Rose Missionary Society of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Carolyn Custard and Glorine Gholson, and the youth recipient is Norman Jones.

The event is free and open to the public. People planning to attend should RSVP to the Human Rights office at 703-792-4680 or email

The United Nations declared Universal Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, 1948, to recognize the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

More information about the Prince William County Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Office can be found on the County’s website.


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