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The National Association of Human Rights Workers [NAHRW] is an organization of individuals engaged in the human and civil rights profession.  It is committed to providing education, training and research, networking, and professional development to its members to enable them to foster equality within a diverse society.





NAHRW was organized in 1947 to advance the science of intergroup relations and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among individuals and organizations devoted to combating racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and other forms of discrimination. NAHRW is made up of professional staff workers and members of governing boards of human rights agencies and commissions; teachers of intergroup relations at colleges and universities; and other individuals who share a commitment to justice and human dignity.


The National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAHRW) the collection, compilation, and dissemination of information and research among organizations and individuals engaged in the improvement of intergroup relations; to advance generally the science, process, and art of intergroup relations and to improve the standards of work in that field, advancing technical and professional knowledge, standards and practices.

The NAHRW Annual Training Conference is the nation's leading human and civil rights workers conference. The conference is known for delivering the latest, most useful, and easily implemented strategies for ridding our nation of unlawful discrimination.


Members receive The Journal of Intergroup Relations, which has been published by NAHRW since 1959 for a nominal fee. This is NAHRW's official journal and it offers articles on theories, issues, and developments in the field of intergroup relations and human rights.




On the Case for 50 Years: A Brief History of The National Association of Human Rights Workers, by Fred Cloud

The Struggle for human rights is centuries old. A milestone in the Western world was the adoption of the Magna Carta, which guaranteed certain civil and political liberties to the English people. It was not granted out of the goodness of the ruler’s heart; rather, the great charter” was forced on King John by the English barons at Runnymede on June 15, 1215.

Fredrick Douglas, an eloquent advocate for abolition of slavery in the United States, may have had this fact in mind when he stated: Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will… Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get.

As the twentieth century began, W.E.B. Du Bois, a graduate of both Fisk and Harvard, organized a lecture series at Atlanta University on African American history and life. He was appalled by the 1,700 lynching of Black Americans that had occurred between 1885 and 1894. In July 1905, Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter held a secret meeting in Niagra Falls, Ontario, with 29 other men and organized the Niagra Movement. Their agenda: Get America to enforce the Constitution, including the 14th and 15th Amendments.


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