Highlights

Awards, Profiles, and Publications

  • 2015: Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • 2015: Torchbearer Award, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • 2015: 10th Anniversary Muslim Advocates Award
  • 2015: Honored in the Congressional Record by the Dean of the House of Representatives
  • 2014: Honored as "The Best Boss" by ACLU staff
  • 2014: Leadership Award, National Newspaper Publishers Association
  • 2014: Civil Rights Champion Award, National Urban League
  • 2007: President's Award, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • 2005: Strong Men & Women Award, Dominion
  • 2004-2007: Honored by the ACLU affiliates of D.C., Massachusetts, Maryland, and Mississippi
  • 2003: Profiled in Ebony magazine for leadership on civil rights and civil liberties, in an article entitled "The ACLU's Washington Watchdog"
  • 2003: Chairman's Award, Congressional Black Caucus
  • 2003: Freedom & Justice Award, NAACP of Detroit
  • 2001: Profiled by the Baltimore Sun for leadership on civil liberties implications of the war on terrorism, in an article entitled "ACLU's Chief Lobbyist Draws on Family Legacy"
  • 2001: Profiled on the Federal Page, The Washington Post, for leadership on the civil liberties impact of the war on terror, in an article entitled "Attacks Mute the ACLU's Voice"
  • 2001: Profiled in Rolling Stone for lobbying leadership and efforts to amend the USA PATRIOT Act, in an article entitled "John Ashcroft's Midnight Raid"
  • 2000: Inducted into The HistoryMakers
  • 1997: William L. Dawson Award, Congressional Black Caucus, for significant contributions to legislation addressing the needs of minorities in the United States
  • 1993: Distinguished Public Service Award, Mayor of the District of Columbia

Boards and Community Service

  • 2008-present: National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
  • 2005-2010: Board of Directors, The Sentencing Project
  • 1997-present: Board of Directors, the Afro-American newspaper (started by the Murphy family in 1892 and one of the oldest continuously running newspapers in the United States)
  • 1993-2005: Executive Committee, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (the nation's oldest and largest civil rights coalition comprised of more than 190 national organizations)