Monday, October 24, 2005

Harold Ford Jr. Speaks At The Texas Civil Rights Project

"Instead of receiving gifts at its birthday party, the Texas Civil Rights Project gave them.

At its 15th anniversary party at the University of Texas Union Ballroom on Sunday night, the project gave its most prestigious award to Paul Rusesabagina.

The keynote speaker was honored with the Tigar Center Human Rights Award for saving more than 1,000 Rwandans during a 1994 genocide that eventually left 800,000 dead."

"U.S. Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., called for Americans to remember the ordinary people like Rusesabagina "since the ordinary folks are the people that make us who we are."

Ford called Rusesabagina a "prime example of what happens when someone decides he wants to make a difference and make a change."

"The Texas Civil Rights Project was founded in 1990 and has offices in several Texas cities. The project has handled more than 700 cases and conducted community and lawyer training for more than 22,000 people.

Besides championing the work of the project, speakers urged audience members to share their time and resources with others to help make communities better and to stay aware of the injustices that some people face."

Souce: The Austin American Statesman