Tom Oye Human Rights Award

The Edina Human Rights and Relations Commission annual Tom Oye Human Rights Award honors the late Tom Oye and other members of the community whose good works promote human relations and advance human rights. The 2016 Tom Oye Human Rights Award nomination cycle is closed. The 2017 Tom Oye Human Rights Award nomination cycle will open in late fall of 2016. The 2016 Tom Oye Human Rights Award recipient is Lauren Morse-Wendt. Lauren Morse-Wendt is the Mission and Ministry Developer for the Edina Community Lutheran Church. Ms. Morse-Wendt was nominated and selected on the basis of her leadership on the 66 West Task Force.

Oye was a longtime Edina resident and humanitarian who demonstrated courage and compassion in the advancement of human rights. He helped found the Edina Human Rights and Relations Commission in 1970 and served on it for more than 30 years. He also served on the Edina Chemical Health Partners committee and the University of Minnesota Human Relations Committee. In addition, Oye was a Nisei soldier in World War II, a second-generation Japanese American who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, one of the most decorated units in U.S. military history. In 2003, Oye received the Prize for Humanity by the Immortal Chaplains Foundation.

Individuals who live, study or work in Edina, or who make significant contributions to Edina, are eligible for the Tom Oye Human Rights Award.

Nominees will be evaluated based on their efforts to foster respect and dignity for others, model courage and/or compassion in the advancement of human rights, and demonstrate leadership by example for improving human relations and/or advancing human rights. The definition of human rights has evolved to include: freedom from discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, familial status or national origin.

For more information, or to request a paper copy of the application, contact MJ Lamon at 952-826-0360 or mlamon@EdinaMN.gov.

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