Thursday, May 10, 2007

Cynthia Nance Receives Fletcher Award

AFSCME Local 965 member Cynthia Nance received the Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Affirmative Action, presented at the association's annual conference last month in Austin, Texas. Nance was also a keynote speaker at the conference.

The award is named after the "Father of Affirmative Action," Arthur A. Fletcher. Fletcher served as assistant secretary of the U.S. Labor Department during the Nixon administration and is given credit for creating the Philadelphia Plan, the first affirmative action program that established employment goals for federal contractors in the construction industry. He devoted his life to preserve the promise of the Constitution for all Americans. The Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize individuals who, like Fletcher, have devoted a lifetime of service and dedication to the principles of affirmative action - access, equity and diversity.

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