Thursday, December 4, 2008


This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights passed by the United Nations in 1948. The vote signaled a consensus that human rights must be elevated on a global scale. Although there has been much progress towards enforcing and protecting those rights, we still have a long way to go.

Katherine Dunham, the subject of the Missouri History Museum's special exhibition, made headlines in 1992 when she, at the age of 83, launched a 47-day hunger strike in response to the plight of Haitian refugees who were denied asylum by the United States.

A panel of experts will address issues surrounding human rights today. The program will also recognize winning essays by Metro St. Louis area students in the 12th annual Human Rights Essay Contest sponsored by the St. Louis Coalition for Human Rights.

When: Wednesday, December 10 2008 at 7:00 pm
Where: AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
How Much: Free
Exhibit: Katherine Dunham: Beyond the Dance
Brochure: human rights celebration l.pdf