Article, Photos & Videos by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media, (see photo gallery below)
“Education is the door to freedom and power for our children. Without a quality education we remain subjects destined to a life of poverty,” said Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo speaking at the 2018 NEWSED Civil Rights Awards. Attorney at Law & Professor of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Dr. Trujillo was among six awardees who were honored at the 27th Annual Civil Rights Awards ‘Honoring Leaders in Education’ held September 20, 2018 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
“Honoring Leaders in Education” awards went to La Academia, a 47 year old private school of the Denver Inner City Parish, Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo, attorney at law & professor of music at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Congresswoman Diana Degette, The greater Denver Ministerial Alliance, a social justice advocacy organization, Michelle Sie, President & CEO, ARC Thrift Stores, and Dr. Martha Urioste, Legendary educator & Community Leader. Latin Life Denver was honored to again serve as a media sponsor for this historic event.
“Education is the door to freedom and power for our children. Without a quality education we remain subjects destined to life of poverty.”
Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo speaking at the 2018 NEWSED Civil Rights Awards. Attorney at Law & Professor
“Refugee children are coming here into the Denver Public School System because they had to leave a dire situations but now we have a President who doesn’t want them here. That’s not right.”
Dr. Martha Urioste, Legendary Educator & Community Leader.
“I have a problem when educators say no, your child is going to be ghettoized in that school which by the way in the Denver Public Schools is happening right now.”
Michelle Sie Whitten, President & CEO Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
“Rest assured I’m going down there (Washington, D.C.) to fight every day for every American’s civil rights and for the rights of those who are not yet Americans but who deserve the justice of our society.
The greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance stands for freedom and equality, bravely advocating for citizens and holding public officials accountable. The fight to end racism, social injustice and sectarianism requires endurance, resilience and constant forward movement. Hope is at the heart of struggle and love is the soul of organizing.
Our young people are the embodiment of our ancestors: theirs sweat, sacrifices and very breath. Through your investment, passion and commitment to students you have helped them to become savvy criticism compassionate activists and capable architects of the future. We will always remember the intense commitment of La Academia students to each other and to their community.