Tracie Morrow to Speak on 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

March 7, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) will be commemorated as guest speaker and human rights education advocate Tracie Morrow delivers her address “Human Rights: What Can You Do?” on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington).

The program is free and open to the public.

The United Nations adopted the UDHR on December 10, 1948.  It is a landmark document asserting the human rights of all peoples.  Together with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the UDHR composes a central piece of United Nations legislative work—the International Bill of Human Rights.  Completed in 1966 and gaining enough ratifying votes to take force in 1976, the International Bill of Human Rights is now also a cornerstone for non-governmental organizations seeking to raise political and legal awareness of rights violations.  

Morrow will speak on the significance of the UDHR as a member of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI), an organization founded in 2001 specifically to teach human rights to children.  YHRI seeks to provide easy-to-understand human rights education—aligned with the UDHR—in order to combat violations of human rights.  The Los Angeles-based group carries out educational programs, projects, and publishes materials to raise awareness.  The most noticeable of its recent media campaigns includes a series of 30 audiovisual public service announcements, each addressing one article of the UDHR.  According to YHRI these announcements have reached more than 130 million people since their release in 2005.   

An activist for human rights since her participation in the European Multathlon for Human Rights in 2002, guest speaker Tracie Morow has met with government leaders domestically and abroad.  Her work has taken Morrow to over 19 countries, including Nigeria Ghana, India and Russia.  She has also worked with domestic YHRI chapters to develop programs promoting human rights and human rights education.  

For more information, please contact the Office of Residential Life at (309) 556-3113.

Contact: Renee Scherer, ‘08 (309) 556-3181