Friday, October 12, 2012

IPN Named Iowa Civil Rights Award Winner

2012 Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Awards will be presented to the African American Museum of Iowa, Chrysalis and the Iowa Pride Network during the 17th Annual Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Award Luncheon. The inaugural Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Elizabeth Kruidenier posthumously.

The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide resource based in Cedar Rapids for education on African American history and showcases contributions of the African American legacy to the cultural life of Iowa.

Chrysalis addresses needs of girls and women in the Greater Des Moines area. Chrysalis promotes increased investment in girls and women, raises awareness about their issues and potential, and develops them as leaders and philanthropists.

The Iowa Pride Network works directly with students, helping empower them to start and enhance Gay-Straight Alliance’s in their high schools and colleges, while building a statewide network that offers support, mentoring, educational, advocacy and networking opportunities.

Elizabeth Kruidenier was a lifetime advocate of civil rights in Iowa. Kruidenier entered Drake Law School at age 42, graduated in 1973 and in the 1980s became a senior partner in a law firm with Alfredo Parrish. She was a founding member of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and has worked with the League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women and many other groups. Kruidenier died in October 2011.

The 2012 Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Awards Luncheon is Friday, October 26th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at the Iowa Event Center in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets for the luncheon are available until October 19th by contacting Alice Vinsand at 515-225-1051 or by e-mail

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