The Loving Civil Rights Award

Mildred and Richard Loving

Mildred & Richard Loving

Named for the couple that fought the ultimate form of housing discrimination when they were barred from living in Virginia because of their interracial marriage, our annual Mildred and Richard Loving Civil Rights Award honors civil rights leaders and thinkers, those who have worked to change the course of history, those who have challenged how history is written, and those who are making history today.  Scroll down for a video about the Lovings’ story, or check out the new feature film. (For a listing of previous honorees, click here.)

9th Annual Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner 

2016 Loving Dinner

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30pm
The Bond Ballroom, Hartford, CT

Join us for delicious food and drinks, music from the Mike Casey Jazz Duo, and inspiring words from our honorees.  Our 2017 Master of Ceremonies is Jacques Lamarre.  All proceeds benefit the Center’s work to ensure that all people in Connecticut have equal access to the housing of their choice. 



For questions, or to register via phone, please contact Letty at (860) 247-4400 x722 or  Can’t attend, but still want to support the Center?  Click here to make a tax-deductible donation


Announcing our 2017 Loving Civil Rights Award Recipient:

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones
Investigative Journalist
The New York Times Magazine

Ms. Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative journalist covering civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. She has spent much of her career investigating the way racial segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy.  In 2016, her episodes of NPR’s This American Life on school segregation (“The Problem We All Live With“) won a Peabody Award.  Prior to that, she contributed many feature stories exploring housing and school segregation to ProPublica’s award-winning Segregation Now series (which also led to another episode of This American Life, “House Rules,” focused on fair housing).  In 2015, she co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Journalism, an organization dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting.  

The Center is honored to present Ms. Hannah-Jones with the 2017 Loving Civil Rights Award in recognition of her commitment to investigating and exposing the root causes of segregation in housing and schools.

Additional 2017 Honorees:

Empowering Communities Awards

The Open Hearth
CT Students for a Dream

George J. and Patricia K. Ritter Pro Bono Awards

David Elliott, Day Pitney (in memoriam)
Gordon & Rees

We will also recognize the winners of the Center’s 2017 Fair Housing Poster Contest for middle and high school students.


2017 Fair Housing Protectors:






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Photo credit, image of Nikole Hannah-Jones: Kathy Ryan, New York Times

Photo credit, image of Mildred and Richard Loving: CORBIS/Bettman

1967 Report on the Loving Case (ABC News)

To learn more about the Lovings and their Supreme Court victory, go here.

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