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Civil rights leader honored

UFT President Michael Mulgrew (right) presents the Hubert H. Humphrey Humanitari Miller Photography UFT President Michael Mulgrew (right) presents the Hubert H. Humphrey Humanitarian Award to civil rights leader and union activist Norman Hill
Hill receives a standing ovation from everyone who turned out for the event. Miller Photography Hill receives a standing ovation from everyone who turned out for the event.

Legendary civil rights leader and union activist Norman Hill was honored on Feb. 6 at the 56th annual Greater Metropolitan New York Social Studies Conference sponsored by the Association of Teachers of Social Studies/UFT. Hill received the Hubert H. Humphrey Humanitarian Award for his decades-long dedication to the fight for social justice. “It was an exciting opportunity to hear a primary source speak and learn how he contributed to history,” said Suezette Kirlew, who teaches at IS 238 in Queens. The full-day conference, which took place at the union’s lower Manhattan headquarters, drew 230 educators for a day of exhibits and workshops that covered topics from voting rights to environmental challenges in the Middle East. Kirlew said she has already tried out the ideas she learned at the workshop on how to link historical artwork to history lessons. Lucyna Witek from Aviation HS in Queens, Pui Lam Chan from New Utrecht HS in Brooklyn and Regina Zafonte from the HS of Math, Science and Engineering in Manhattan received Bernard A. Cohen Awards for their outstanding contributions to social studies education. The Rosa Parks Social Justice Award was presented to Queens City Councilman Danny Dromm, a former public school teacher and past chapter leader at PS 199 in Queens who now chairs the Council’s Education Committee.

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