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09 October 2019
'Eleanor Roosevelt Happy Hour' Event Coverage

By Ian Sloan, Human Rights Committee Member

On October 8th, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the U.N.A.-N.C.A.’s Human Rights Committee hosted a celebration at ‘The Eleanor’ of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday, and her lasting impact on human rights protection and advocacy efforts.  Guests were provided flyers that included a timeline of the First Lady’s greatest achievements, such as her contribution to the legislation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, 1948.  Through reading this timeline, guests were able to take their own journey into Roosevelt’s life and receive some initial or continued motivation to be involved in human rights protection and advocacy. Inspiring involvement in this kind of work was also the main objective addressed by guest speaker, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who spoke once again at this important event, following last year.  In her speech, she emphasized the present necessity of protecting and supporting human rights through our individual efforts and efforts involving coalitions such as the UNA-NCA.

In addition to welcoming the attendance of current UNA-NCA members and supporters such as Representative Norton, the Human Rights Committee was also excited to receive guests new to UNA-NCA, who were interested in learning more about the efforts of Roosevelt, as well as the organization as a whole.  This openness to the public demonstrated that inclusivity and cordiality were established priorities for this event.  These two priorities were also emphasized through the event’s facilitation of a space for socializing through networking, as well as food, drinks, and birthday cake, and arcade game playing between attendees. The event was ultimately another successful celebration and birthday for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a powerful figure who has inspired many contemporary human rights protection and advocacy policies and events, such as the International Day of the Girl, and the social media promotion of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.