Annual Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner

2018 Loving Award Dinner - May 10th


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.   All proceeds from the dinner benefit the Connecticut Fair Housing Center’s mission to ensure that all people in Connecticut have equal access to the housing opportunities of their choice, free from discrimination.


Save the Date!

Mildred and Richard Loving

10th Annual Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner
Thursday, May 10th – 5:30-8:30pm
The Bond Ballroom, Hartford, CT

Featuring the return of John Motley as our Master of Ceremonies!

Online registration & payment will be available in mid-February. In the meantime, please contact Shannon Houston, Communications and Development Coordinator, at (860) 263-0730 or for questions, early registration/payments, and information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities



2018 Loving Civil Rights Award Honoree

Image of Betsy Julian, 2018 Loving Honoree

Betsy Julian
Founder and Senior Counsel
Inclusive Communities Project

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center is proud to present the 2018 Loving Civil Rights Award to Elizabeth (Betsy) Julian.  Ms. Julian is Founder and Senior Counsel of the Dallas-based Inclusive Communities Project, which in 2015 won a Supreme Court case ruling that policies which even inadvertently cause segregation (“disparate impact”) are illegal under the Fair Housing Act.  This landmark ruling will help to fully realize the original goals of the Fair Housing Act to not only prevent individual housing discrimination but also address the decades of systemic discrimination that led to segregated communities across the country.

Prior to her work with Inclusive Communities, Ms. Julian served as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton administration, and has practiced poverty and civil rights law since the beginning of her career.

The Center is honored to present Ms. Julian with the 2018 Loving Civil Rights Award in recognition of her lifelong commitment to advancing civil rights and fair housing.


Other 2018 Honorees

Empowering Communities Awards:

Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library
for their partnership in creating the Center’s Fair Housing Tour of Hartford

Crystal Carter, Open Communities Alliance, Tiara Moore – Plaintiffs in Open Communities Alliance et al vs. Carson

Edward M. Kennedy Legislative Advocacy Award

Evonne Klein, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Housing and
State Representative Roland Lemar
For their work as co-chairs of the Fair Housing Working Group

The 2018 Winners of the Fair Housing Poster Contest

For a listing of previous years’ honorees, click here.


Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

When your organization supports the 2018 Loving Award Dinner, you’ll enjoy visibility before our diverse and distinguished audience of 200+ attendees and a range of other benefits.  Click here to learn more about our 2018 Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities.

Questions about sponsorships, auction donations, or ads? Please contact Shannon Houston, Communications & Development Coordinator, at (860) 263-0730 or

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About Mildred and Richard Loving

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

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