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DEARBORN – The ACLU of Michigan will hold its annual fundraising and awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, 600 Town Center Drive in Dearborn on Saturday, Nov. 19.
The honorees for 2005 are former Governor William Milliken and Helen Milliken, Jacquelin Washington, and David DiChiera.
Governor William and Helen Milliken have stood courageously over the years on many important social issues, including efforts to repeal Michigan’s restrictive abortion laws in the years before Roe v. Wade. A defender of women’s rights, former First Lady Milliken served as chair of ERAmerica, the Equal Rights Amendment campaign. Governor Milliken was recently a plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit challenging a Michigan State Police data mining system that violated the privacy of innocent citizens.
Jacquelin Washington is a past president of the ACLU of Michigan. She helped organize and chaired the first NOW Detroit Chapter of Violence Against Women Committee and served on the national board of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Professionally, she has been President/CEO of the Pontiac Area Urban League and President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of Southeast Michigan. Currently, Washington serves as the president of the Wayne State Board of Governors.
David DiChiera, General Director of the Michigan Opera Theatre, commissioned author and poet Toni Morrison to write “Margaret Garner,” an opera that premiered in Detroit to rave reviews. DiChiera is renowned for his efforts to achieve “color-blind casting” to expand opportunities for minority artists throughout the industry, and to reach out to diverse communities that have not previously been exposed to opera.
Actor and long-time activist Danny Glover will be the special guest for the evening. Since 1998, Glover has served as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, which focuses on issues of poverty, disease, and economic underdevelopment in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He actively serves on the board of The Algebra Project, a math empowerment program developed by Bob Moses, a civil rights veteran. In 2000, Glover hosted and executive produced “Courage,” a one-hour television series celebrating and profiling real people who have shown courage and bravery in moments of crisis.
The ACLU annual dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 or $50 for students and those with lower incomes. For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://www.aclumich.org.