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Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Supports Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Every year, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities recognizes great people who demonstrate their personal commitment to respect and understanding between different races and religions. The attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers have been involved in the organization in past years and the car crash experts are happy to be Ambassador Level sponsors for an awards ceremony on March 30.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ humanitarian awards recognizes community members who have demonstrated a “personal commitment to the promotion and respect of understanding people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.” The center also recognizes businesses or community organizations that perform humanitarian work by awarding the Distinguished Merit Award.

The center has a long and impressive history. It traces its origins to Lynchburg in 1935 when it was part of a grassroots community that emerged from a myriad of movements across the United States with a mission to fight a wave of anti-Catholicism, Antisemitism, and anti-Protestantism.

The President of Lynchburg College (now the University of Lynchburg) mustered Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant leaders in Virginia to develop an educational program of communication and understanding, according to the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities website. The inaugural event on Nov. 25, 1935, attracted nearly 1,000 people to the gymnasium of Lynchburg College.

The center was previously called the Protestant-Catholic-Jewish Round Table. It relaunched as The National Conference for Community Justice in the late 1990s, becoming the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities in 2007.

John Cooper, a founder partner of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is a former president of the Tidewater chapter.

“It’s a good cause. A lot of it is about educating children and fighting bigotry,” said John. “It’s a really special organization and we are proud to sponsor it.”

This year, the chapter is making a distinguished Virginian award to Janice Bell Underwood and lists Lisa Chandler, Hugh Copeland, Mekbib Gemeda, Geoffrey Guns, and Andrew Nusbaum on the humanitarian awards list.

“Hugh Copeland is a fabulous person who has run the local theater group, the Hurrah Players,” said John.

The ceremony will take place Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 PM at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers supports dozens of great communities in the Tidewater community every year through our Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Cares initiative. The Norfolk-based personal injury law firm gave away more than $500,000 to community causes in 2022.

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