HARRISBURG, Pa., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission joined its Montgomery County Advisory Council today in recognizing area residents who have made notable contributions in the areas of civil rights, equal opportunity and cross-cultural understanding.
Winners of the Montgomery County Advisory Council's 2013 Joseph X. Yaffe–Robert Johnson Smith Civil Rights Awards were announced at a luncheon at Old York Road Temple – Beth Am in Abington.
"Today, we honor those who have been courageous in the face of intolerance and discrimination," PHRC Executive Director JoAnn Edwards said. "They have been models of civility and fair-mindedness in defending the rights of others, and we owe them not just our gratitude, but our commitment to follow their example."
Awards recognized professionals in law enforcement, education, social services and religion, as well as volunteers in equal opportunity advocacy and community service.
Among those recognized was Dr. Daniel Yun of Lansdale, who served on the commission for almost 22 years.
Awards have been given since 1983 by the commission's Montgomery County Advisory Council, a volunteer organization that works to extend the reach of the commission, promoting equal opportunity and educating county residents about their civil rights and legal responsibilities.
More information about advisory councils and equal opportunity can be found online at www.phrc.state.pa.us.
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Award winners and categories follow. Unless otherwise noted, all are Montgomery County residents.
Zeffi Angelikas, Southampton, Bucks County – Ethnic Harmony
James Carr, Blue Bell – Education
Gloria Echols, Pottstown – Community Service
Rev. Brian Jenkins, Philadelphia – Community Service
Lt. Patrick Molloy, Chalfont, Bucks County – Law Enforcement
Trevell Moxey, North Wales – Student Service
Deborah Stinson Snow, Blue Bell – Advocacy for Equal Opportunity
Dr. Daniel D. Yun, Lansdale – Trailblazer
SOURCE Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission