On July 13, 2015, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) presented Barbara Arnwine, who currently serves as the Board Vice Chair for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, with the prestigious William Robert Ming Award at the organization’s 106th annual convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
According to the NAACP, “the Ming Award was created by the NAACP National Board of Directors in April 1974 and is awarded annually to a lawyer who exemplifies the spirit of financial and personal sacrifice that Mr. Ming [a lawyer instrumental in the Brown v. Board of Education decision amongst others] displayed in his legal work for the NAACP.” Former recipients of the Ming Award include Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and Fred Gray, a veteran civil rights attorney.
Arnwine is an extremely accomplished lawyer and civil rights activist. She is the founder and president of the new civil rights and social justice organization Transformative Justice Coalition. Per Black Voice News, she is also the host of a “weekly news talk radio show on Radio One’s WOL 1450 AM, which airs in the Washington, D.C. ‘Igniting Change with Barbara Arnwine’ is meant to serve as a catalyst for change. The show [features] ‘provocative and empowering’ information and discussion to inspire people to act to bring about racial and social justice, and equality.”
Arnwine previously served over 25 years as the president and executive director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an organization that strives to provide equal justice for all under the rule of law. She is well known for her contributions to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. She is also a leader of Election Protection, a nonpartisan organization that helps historically disenfranchised people exercise their right to vote. Arnwine is a graduate of Scripps College and received her JD from Duke Law School.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty congratulates Barbara Arnwine for her tireless work in the fight for civil rights and social justice.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has created the 90 Million Strong Campaign to unite the voices of those who believe the death penalty is wrong. We need to demonstrate that the broad public support to end this practice is already here in America, and 90 million people speaking up can make a difference.