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