Awards, Profiles, and Publications
- 2021: Feature profile in Businessweek Magazine about civil rights audit work
- 2021: Impact Award from the Rainbow Push Coalition
- 2015: Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- 2015: Torchbearer Award, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
- 2015: 10th Anniversary Muslim Advocates Award
- 2015: Honored in the Congressional Record by the Dean of the House of Representatives
- 2014: Honored as "The Best Boss" by ACLU staff
- 2014: Leadership Award, National Newspaper Publishers Association
- 2014: Civil Rights Champion Award, National Urban League
- 2007: President's Award, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- 2005: Strong Men & Women Award, Dominion
- 2004-2007: Honored by the ACLU affiliates of D.C., Massachusetts, Maryland, and Mississippi
- 2003: Profiled in Ebony magazine for leadership on civil rights and civil liberties, in an article entitled "The ACLU's Washington Watchdog"
- 2003: Chairman's Award, Congressional Black Caucus
- 2003: Freedom & Justice Award, NAACP of Detroit
- 2001: Profiled by the Baltimore Sun for leadership on civil liberties implications of the war on terrorism, in an article entitled "ACLU's Chief Lobbyist Draws on Family Legacy"
- 2001: Profiled on the Federal Page, The Washington Post, for leadership on the civil liberties impact of the war on terror, in an article entitled "Attacks Mute the ACLU's Voice"
- 2001: Profiled in Rolling Stone for lobbying leadership and efforts to amend the USA PATRIOT Act, in an article entitled "John Ashcroft's Midnight Raid"
- 2000: Inducted into The HistoryMakers
- 1997: William L. Dawson Award, Congressional Black Caucus, for significant contributions to legislation addressing the needs of minorities in the United States
- 1993: Distinguished Public Service Award, Mayor of the District of Columbia
Boards and Community Service
- 2008-present: National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
- 2005-2010: Board of Directors, The Sentencing Project
- 1997-present: Board of Directors, the Afro-American newspaper (started by the Murphy family in 1892 and one of the oldest continuously running newspapers in the United States)
- 1993-2005: Executive Committee, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (the nation's oldest and largest civil rights coalition comprised of more than 190 national organizations)