Join us June 15, 2023, at The Depot in Minneapolis to celebrate 40 years of defending human rights.
A time-honored tradition, the Human Rights Awards Dinner celebrates all who have contributed significantly to the human rights movement and to The Advocates’ work. This year we recognize Justice Alan Page as the Don & Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award Recipient. Join us for a conversation with Justice Page moderated by PBS NewsHour’s Fred de Sam Lazaro.
Justice Page has actively advocated for human rights, equality, and social justice throughout his career as a football player, attorney, and Supreme Court Justice. As a member of the National Football League Players Association, he was instrumental in getting the league to support the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As an attorney and later as a judge on the Minnesota Supreme Court, he was known for his strong leadership on criminal justice issues, such as the need to reduce racial disparities in sentencing and address systemic inequalities in the legal system. He has long recognized the right to education, and he worked to include the right to education in the Minnesota Constitution. Through the Page Education Foundation, Justice Page and his wife Diane have helped thousands of students of color in Minnesota pursue their dreams of higher education, providing not just financial aid, but also guidance and support. In 2018, Justice Page received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, for his work in civil rights and education.