Save The Date: The Metropolitan Black Bar Association (co-sponsor) presents The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award to Esmeralda Simmons In Honor of Black History Month
The Metropolitan Black Bar Association and The New York County Lawyers' Association present The 14th Annual Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award Ceremony and Reception Honoring Esmeralda Simmons. Esmeralda Simmons is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. Prior to founding the Center, Esmeralda had already had an accomplished career as: the First Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights for New York State, and as a Civil Rights Attorney for the US Department of Education, a New York State Assistant Attorney General, and a New York City Assistant Corporation Counsel. She had also served as a law clerk to a federal judge.
In addition, she has served on several major public boards in New York City government, e.g., the NYC Board of Education, and the NYC Districting Commission. Currently, Esmeralda also volunteers her skills by serving on the Board of Directors for the Applied Research Center, the Fund for Social Change and the Vallecitos Mountain Refuge, Inc., and as a selection committee member for several fellowships and grants for activists, parents, and youth.
An activist and a leader, she has been involved in the community empowerment movement in Central Brooklyn and in progressive political causes for over thirty-five years.
About the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award:
Named for Ida B. Wells-Barnett, one of the first African American women to run for public office in the United States, the award is presented to a woman of color whose life reflects her spirit of courageousness by distinguishing herself in the fight for racial and gender equality. Click here