Congresswoman Maxine Waters received the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law at the National Bar Association’s 84th Annual Convention in San Diego August 6th.

The committee cited Waters’ work as a public servant, an advocate on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised, and a mentor and role model for women and youths among its primary reasons for honoring her.

“I couldn’t be happier or more humbled to be with you tonight and to accept the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award,” Waters, whose congressional district includes Westchester, said.

“I have spent my entire life advocating on behalf of women, children, minorities, and the most at-risk individuals in our society because I have always known that it’s the right thing to do. It is very special for me to receive this honor from an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of all.”

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law pays tribute to individuals whose leadership reflects a commitment to protecting civil rights and promoting the dignity and worth of every human being regardless of race, gender or social status.

Past recipients of the award include former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, former chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission Mary Frances Berry, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial and United States District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson.

“I am particularly honored to stand among such great names in civil rights,” the congresswoman said.

“As a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary and as an active citizen involved in the African American and women’s rights communities, there’s no slowing down for me when it comes to promoting and protecting civil rights.”

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist private lawyers and law firms in civil rights law enforcement. Since that time, the committee has been on the forefront of efforts to secure civil rights and improve race relations among Americans, a committee spokesperson said.