N E W S R E L E A S E
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tina McDaniel
Enterprise Cofounder Recognized by Leadership Conference on
Civil Rights for Selfless, Devoted Service for Equality
Patricia Rouse Joins Fellow Honorees Congressman John Conyers, Soledad O’Brien
for Awards Dinner
(COLUMBIA, Md., May 14, 2008) – Enterprise cofounder Patricia Rouse will be honored
today with the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award, given to individuals and
organizations that best exemplify Humphrey’s legacy of selfless and devoted service in
the cause of equality.
The award will be presented by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) at its
annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. In addition
to Ms. Rouse, this year’s honorees include Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien.
“This year, as the Leadership Conference addresses issues of equality and inclusion in
protecting civil and human rights, we are pleased to recognize three remarkable
individuals who have been steadfast in their efforts to amplify the voices of those at the
margins of our economy and our society,” said Wade Henderson, president, LCCR.
Each year, LCCR presents the prestigious award, celebrating the legacy of the former
vice president, senator and civil rights pioneer. Devoted to public service in the cause of
equality, Humphrey’s years of public service, leadership and dedication to equal
opportunity changed the face of America. He was a tireless advocate who led the fight for
passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“I’m deeply honored to be among the recipients of this prestigious award,” Ms. Rouse
said. “The mission of Enterprise stands as true today as it did 25 years ago when Jim and
I launched Enterprise — to see that all low-income people in the United States have the
opportunity for fit and affordable housing and to move up and out of poverty into the