NEA Ellison Onizuka Human Rights Award

ELLISON S. ONIZUKA MEMORIAL AWARD

This award is presented to an individual whose achievement in Asian and Pacific Island Affairs has significantly impacted the education and equal opportunities of Asian and Pacific Islanders.

To be eligible for this award, one or more of the following criteria must be met.  The nominee must have:

  • Worked to further the understanding and appreciation of the heritage of Asian and Pacific Islanders.
  • Worked to develop and implement a bilingual, multicultural educational program, which has impacted the school system or a large portion of the community.
  • Worked to bring about legislative action that affects Asian and Pacific Island people.
  • Worked actively with a community to improve the opportunity of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

RECIPIENTS

YEARRECIPIENT
1976Robert H. Suzuki, Massachusetts
1977Virgie Chattergy, Hawaii
1978Shirley Librarios, Hawaii
1979Mary Chun Lee Shon, California
1980Ernest Librarios, Hawaii
1981No Award
1982Helen S. Brown, California
1983Irene Hirano, California
1984Tin Myaing Thein, Maryland
1985Helen R. Nagtalon-Miller, Hawaii
1986Rev. Robin B. Connors, S. Carolina
1987Ellison S. Onizuka, Hawaii
1988Sam K. Cikaitoga, Idaho
1989Sue Kumitomi Embrey, California
1990No Award
1991Henry Der, California
1992Mary Tsuruka Tsukamota, California
1993Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, Frank Kitamoto, President
1994Frank DeLima, Hawaii
1995Charles Thompson, Hawaii
1996Laverne Moore, Hawaii
1997Keolanoi Correa Noa, Hawaii
1998Leonelle Akana, Hawaii
1999Alexander Natatani, Hawaii
2000No Award Given
2001Lieu Tran, Utah
2002Loni Ding, California
2003Jean Mitsuko (Togo) Dobashi, Hawaii
2004Michael Yoshii, California
2005Kathryn Xian, Hawaii
2006Sharon Y. Moriwaki Miyashiro, Hawaii
2007Congressman Mike Honda, California
2008S. Haunani Apoliona, Hawaii
2009Dr. Johanna Miller-Lewis, Arkansas
2010State Senator Leland Yee, California
2011No Award Given
2012Stewart Kwoh, California
2013Blaine Kamalani Kia, Hawaii
2014Senator Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii
2015Richard Lui, New York
2016Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Hawaii
2017Kent Wong, California
2018Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Washington, D.C.
2019Eddy Zheng, California
2020The Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hawaii

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