Bill of Rights Celebration

November 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Join the ACLU of the District of Columbia at 7:00 pm EST on Monday, November 8, as we celebrate our 60th anniversary and honor outstanding people in our community who fight to advance civil liberties and rights. This virtual event will honor:

  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. A lifelong champion of civil rights and a previous ACLU staff member, Congresswoman Norton is a driving force in the fight for D.C. Statehood, which progressed further than ever this year. We are delighted to honor her with the Arthur B. Spitzer Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Samantha Davis and Black Swan Academy, who are fighting to end the school-to-prison pipeline in D.C. Black Swan Academy empowers Black youth in under-served communities through civic leadership and engagement. Samantha and BSA’s members are leading voices in the urgent conversation around policing reform in D.C., especially through successful advancements in their Police Free Schools Campaign.
  • Larry Pearl, whose many years of volunteer service have been crucial to ACLU-DC's legal team. Thanks to Larry’s diligent work responding to intake requests, the legal team has greater capacity to serve our community and take on as many cases to our docket as possible.

This event will also feature a special musical performance from The Bengsons, plus remarks from our Executive Director, Monica Hopkins, and Board President, Sam Daughety. Join us as we look back on 60 years of civil rights litigation and advocacy at one of ACLU’s key affiliates and share in our hope for the future alongside our honorees, staff, and members.

Open captions and ASL interpretation will be utilized during this event. Live Spanish interpretation is available - please register by November 3 to request interpretation.

This event is free and open to all, but we hope that those who are able will make a gift to support our work. We are thrilled to announce that all gifts made in support of this event will be matched up to $30,000, thanks to two generous donors. After registering, you’ll be directed to a donation page.


Celebrate our 60th anniversary and honor outstanding people in our community.