In honor of Black History Month and as part of its Centennial year celebration, NYCLA will present Patricia L. Gatling, commissioner and chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, with the sixth annual Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award on Tuesday, February 12.
The award ceremony will take place at the NYCLA Home of Law beginning at 6 p.m and is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. The award is named in honor of Ida Wells-Barnett, an African-American civil rights advocate who adamantly fought against segregation and in support of women's rights.
As chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, Ms. Gatling is in charge of enforcing the Human Rights Law and combating discrimination in New York City. She has worked as a senior trainer in the U.S. State Department's International Law Enforcement Academy under the auspices of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, teaching "Human Dignity and the Law" in newly emerging democratic countries, such as Botswana, Thailand and Hungary, and at the Dubai Police Academy's International Conference in the United Arab Emirates.