Previous Human Rights Day Conferences
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights holds its Human Rights Day Conference on the first Friday of December, a tradition the department has continued for more than a quarter of a century. The conference brings together speakers and presenters with a wide variety of points of view, as part of the department's mission to educate to eliminate discrimination and promote dialog around human rights issues important to Minnesotans.
Minnesota's 27th annual Human Rights Day Conference offered something for everyone. The conference, held Friday, Dec. 3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Saint Paul, was attended by 416 people, the second highest attendance of any Human Rights Day conference.
The conference, held Friday, Dec. 4 at Saint Paul RiverCentre, featured a keynote address by Dr. Frank Wu. Currently a law professor at Howard University, Dr. Wu is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, and co-author of . He was introduced by Angela Davis, WCCO-TV news anchor, and master of ceremonies for the conference.
Highlights for the 25th annual conference included Kweisi Mfume as keynote speaker and Associate Justice Paul H. Anderson as plenary speaker. In addition, the department showcased its new video program, 150 Years of Human Rights in Minnesota.
Mike Farrell, Keynote; Dr. Verna Cornelia Price, Plenary. A favorite of American television viewers and an activist involved with a host of issues and organizations, Farrell shared his thoughts on being a responsible citizen working for the ultimate benefit of all citizens.
Mary Francis Berry, Keynote; Gov. Arne Carlson, Plenary. Berry told the audience that "we've made enormous progress" in achieving justice and opportunity for Americans of every kind, but cited "enormous challenges" still ahead.