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

The 2017 Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner was held on May 4th.  Nearly 200 attendees joined us to celebrate this year’s honorees, support the work of the Center, and reaffirm our collective commitment to ensuring that every person in Connecticut has equal access to housing opportunities, free from discrimination.   Loving honoree Nikole Hannah-Jones inspired us to take action against racism and discrimination with a rousing keynote speech. Master of ceremonies Jacques Lamarre kept everyone smiling.  The event raised over $20,000 to support the Center’s mission.  

Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors, Donors, and Attendees!

Couldn’t make it this year, but still want to show your support the Center?  Click here to make a tax-deductible donation


2017 Loving Civil Rights Award Honoree:

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 helped to lead 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.


2017 Empowering Communities Awards

The Open Hearth
In honor of their partnership with the Center to raise awareness of housing barriers for people with criminal records and their critical work to help homeless men achieve their full potential.
CT Students for a Dream
In recognition of their efforts to empower immigrant youth in Connecticut to advocate for their rights and expand access to higher education.

2017 George J. and Patricia K. Ritter Pro Bono Awards

David Elliott, Day Pitney  – In memoriam
Gordon & Rees



2017 Fair Housing Protectors:






2017 Auction Donors

Theater packages, a private Mexican Dinner Party in your home, plenty of ideas for your summer “staycations” (sports, museums, and more!), unique artwork and more!

Bin228 Wine Bar
The Bushnell
Catherine Blinder
Connecticut Science Center
Maria Cristina Cuerda
Hartford Stage
Hartford Yard Goats
Haywire Burger Bar
Mystic Seaport
New Britain Museum of American Art
The Pond House Cafe
Real Art Ways
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Walt Disney World


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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 Mildred and Richard Loving and their Supreme Court victory, check out the 2016 feature film or the 2012 documentary.