James B. Hunter 2021 Human Rights Winner – Arlington County Virginia Government Official Website

Published on November 17, 2021

The James B. Hunter Human Rights Awards are presented in recognition of outstanding human rights and diversity accomplishments made in Arlington County by an individual, community group, nonprofit, or business facility.

This prestigious award is named after the late James B. Hunter III, the former board member and chairman of Arlington County who devoted much of his life to serving those who have few natural advantages in accessing government. The Arlington native, retired Marine Corps officer and businessman, died in 1998 at the age of 58.

The James B. Hunter Award was established the following year to honor individuals, community groups, nonprofits, and businesses that promote cultural diversity and equal rights for all residents.

The public is invited to a virtual awards ceremony to celebrate this year’s James B. Hunter award winners on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

James B. Hunter Award Winner 2021

  • Lutheran Adventist Church: Over the past 70 years, Lutheran Adventist Church (ALC) has served as a voice for the voiceless and as a haven for the oppressed in Arlington County and beyond. ALC willingly put on the cloak of serving leadership and continually responding to calls to help those in need, promote diversity, and stand up for human rights on behalf of the people of Arlington County.
  • Arlington flourish:Arlington Thrive is the only Arlington County’s organization that provides same-day emergency financial assistance to county’s residents experiencing sudden financial crises, such as temporary unemployment or illness. Most customers are the working poor, the elderly and disabled with steady incomes, and the homeless and ex-homeless who need Arlington Thrive funds as a “safety net” until they find their way back to more solid financial bases.
  • NAACP from Arlington # 7047: the Arlington NAACP Office has been on the forefront of promoting racial and economic justice and equality in Arlington for the past several years. Without the local NAACP and the many hard working, passionate volunteers dedicated to their cause, our county would be clearly worse off in its struggle for racial justice, diversity and equality.
  • Offender assistance and recovery (OAR): Founded in 1974, OAR is a community-based non-profit that has served for Arlington County for more than four decades, providing reentry readiness programming for residents at the Arlington County Detention Facility, with men and women returning to the community by incarceration and providing alternative Condemnation options through community service to work adolescents and adults. Racial justice and an authentic commitment to reducing racism in Arlington feed into every aspect of how OAR operates – from service delivery to advocacy for legislation to internal operations, community education, and even fundraising strategies.
  • Les Garrison: Mr. Garrison was awarded the James B. Hunter Recipient 2021 for his leadership efforts to ensure that all Arlington County citizens have access to COVID-19 resources (testing and vaccinations). His actions during the pandemic to help coordinate volunteers have been a beacon of selflessness and optimism for Arlington.
  • Wilma Jones Killgo: MS. Killgo is a fourth generation resident of Halls Hill-High View Park Ward, Arlington. A high performing business informatics sales director, president of her own business consultancy, sought-after speaker, host of various events, blogger, television host, and author of three books, to name a few achievements. Ms. Killgo has been a community activist throughout and is currently serving her fourth term as president of the John M. Langston Civic Association. She attributes her civic engagement to her parents and other members of the Halls Hill Congregation who were actively involved in the civic association.

Human Rights Commission (HRC)

The Human Rights Commission handles complaints of discrimination in Arlington County. The Commission can receive complaints about discrimination in employment, housing, public housing, education, credit and commercial real estate.

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