Members of the Committee on Civil Rights pose with 2019 Haywood Burns Memorial Award winner John R. Dunne, Esq. during the Award Ceremony at CUNY Law School on October 16.
Mr. Dunne, former New York State Senator and U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, was Chair of the State Senate’s Corrections Committee in 1971 when he traveled to Attica Prison during the riots to attempt to seek a peaceful resolution for the inmates and hostages.
The award is given in remembrance of the late civil rights lawyer and academic, Dean W. Haywood Burns. From the age of 15 until his untimely death at age 55 while visiting South Africa, the former head of the City University of New York School of Law sought to expand the civil rights of all people. He was a builder of bridges rather than walls, actively involved in trying to extend connections to diverse groups within the community as a whole.