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Annual Awards Reception


Each spring, ELC hosts an awards ceremony and reception to honor individuals and organizations for their commitment to public education. The reception is also an important fundraising event; contributions and proceeds from ticket sales help maintain ELC as a champion of educational equity. Due to the current pandemic, ELC will be a hosting a virtual Education Justice Lecture on Thursday, May 28, at 4 PM.

The Education Justice Lecture will feature New York State Senator Robert Jackson, Billy Easton, former Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education, and New Jersey Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly. These outstanding legislators and advocates will be discussing lessons learned from the front lines of the struggle for education equity as the pandemic unfolds.

The lecture is free, but we ask that you please email to reserve your spot.

ELC also presents two awards at its annual fundraiser: the Morheuser Humanitarian Award and the Education Justice Award.

The Morheuser Humanitarian Award honors dedication to the advancement of the educational rights of students in New Jersey’s public schools and is presented in memory of the late Marilyn Morheuser, ELC’s long-time Executive Director and advocate for education justice. This year, ELC will honor New Jersey Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly.

The Education Justice Award honors outstanding service and commitment to advancing equal educational opportunity for public school children across the U.S. This year, ELC will honor both Senator Robert Jackson and Billy Easton. 

Previous winners of the Education Justice Award include Dr. Jeannie Oakes, Distinguished Scholar and Educator; Dr. Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor from the City University of New York; The Ford Foundation; The Schott Foundation; Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association; Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund; Dr. Pedro Noguera; Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference for Human and Civil Rights; Diane Ravitch, noted educator and New York University Professor; Benjamin Todd Jealous, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP; and Kurt Landgraf of the Educational Testing Service.

ELC would like to thank its many sponsors, including the New Jersey Education Association and the Educational Testing Service, for their continued support of the event.