Today the Orange County Human Relations Commission hosted the annual Pauli Murray Awards ceremony. The event commemorates the life and values of Pauli Murray, a courageous and trailblazing champion of equal rights and social justice whose family hailed in part from Orange County.
As I said in welcoming those in attendance, there are many good things about being a commissioner and a few even better things. Giving the Pauli Murray Awards to those who exemplify and/or articulate the values for which she fought are among the better parts of representing Orange County.
This year there were award winners at the elementary school level for best fair housing posters; at the middle school and high school levels for best essays on the importance of the Voting Rights Act of 1964; as well as awards in annually recognized categories honoring an individual, presented to Judith Blau upon recommendation of Margaret “Peggy” Misch; for a youth, presented to Desaray Rockett upon recommendation of Keith Cook; and for a business, upon recommendation of Alice Ammerman to Vimala’s Curryblossom Café.
The music by Diali Cissokho and John Westmoreland, the food by EB Catering Company, and the remarks by several articulate speakers rounded out two hours of heartfelt community feeling and pride at the Central Orange Senior Center.