Denver, CO, January 12, 2015…The Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain States Office will present its 2015 Civil Rights Awards to Terrance Carroll, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, and Pat Steadman, Colorado State Senator, at a reception on January 28, 2015.
Both Speaker Carroll and Senator Steadman have worked tirelessly to secure greater opportunity, equality, and fair treatment for all Coloradans,” said ADL Regional Director Scott L. Levin. “It is an honor to acknowledge their commitment to protecting the civil rights of all Coloradans with ADL’s prestigious Civil Rights Awards.”
Terrance Carroll, a lawyer and ordained minister, was the 54th Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, and the first African-American to serve in this capacity. Carroll served in the legislature from 2003-2011, where he supported education reform, the expansion of hate crimes laws and anti-discrimination laws, and a host of criminal justice reforms and civil rights issues.
Senator Pat Steadman has served in the Colorado State Senate since 2009. Steadman, an attorney, got his start in politics by working to oppose Colorado’s Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment that prohibited local governments from recognizing gays and lesbians as a protected class. He co-founded the non-profit organization that led the successful lawsuit challenging its constitutionality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Mountain States Office of the Anti-Defamation League has presented Civil Rights Awards to 54 civil rights leaders in Colorado since 1982. Prior recipients include: Dr. Vincent Harding, Penfield Tate III, Judge Jim Carrigan, Gerald Quiat, Judge John Kane, Jr., Sheldon Steinhauser, Gary Lozow, Rabbi Steven Foster, the Reverend James Peters, Dottie Lamm, Jonathan Asher, Ken Salazar, Tim Gill, Lucia Guzman, Hon. Federico Pena, Cleo Parker Robinson, Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., Artie Guerrero, Hon. Wilma Webb, Tim Sweeney and Patricia Barela Rivera.
ADL’s Civil Rights Committee, co-chaired by Stephen Burg, Daniel McKenzie, Melinda Quiat and Holly Stein Sollod, chose this year’s recipients.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.