The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will honor CNN and Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson with its Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award at a reception hosted in conjunction with the National Bar Association´s 85th Annual Convention in New Orleans. During the Aug. 11 event, the CNN network and Justice Johnson will be recognized for their civil rights achievements and efforts to champion equality.
“We are delighted to honor CNN and Soledad O’Brien, who will formally accept the award, for their outstanding commitment to coverage of minority and underserved communities,” said Lawyers’ Committee Executive Director Barbara Arnwine in a statement. “Ms. O’Brien’s groundbreaking ‘Black in America’ and ‘Latino in America’ series were remarkable.”
In response, O’Brien said CNN “work hard to live up to our diversity missions…. We are pleased to be recognized by the Lawyers’ Committee for our role in shedding light on people and communities impacted by the important civil rights issues of our day.”
The Lawyers’ Committee’s will also honor Johnson for her community activism. “Her extraordinary legacy as a public servant, advocate on behalf of poor and disenfranchised persons and mentor and role model for women and youth has impacted countless lives,” Arnwine added.
Johnson’s judicial career began in 1984, when she was elected to the Civil District Court of New Orleans, the first woman to hold that office, according to a press release. She has since worked as a champion for social justice, civil rights and community organizing.