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 & 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 benefit the Connecticut Fair Housing Center’s work to ensure that all people have equal access to the housing opportunities of their choice, free from discrimination.

Mildred and Richard Loving

Mildred and Richard Loving

10th Annual Loving Award Dinner

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our 2018 Loving Dinner on May 10th! 

Click here for details about this year’s event and a full list of supporters.

See all the photos from this year’s event on our Facebook page!



Couldn’t make it this year, but still want to support the Center’s work?

2018 Loving Civil Rights Award Honoree

Betsy Julian

Betsy Julian
Founder and Senior Counsel
Inclusive Communities Project

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 was 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.


Additional 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.



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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

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