Human Relations Commission

Promoting human dignity, equal opportunity, mutual respect and harmony

Last updated Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:56 am
  • Upcoming Meeting

  • December 11, 2014
  • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Meets: Second Thursday of each month
  • Meeting Location

  • Raleigh Municipal Building
  • 222 W. Hargett Street
  • Room 201
  • Raleigh, NC 27601

Public Participation

Everyone is invited to attend meetings of the Commission.

If you would like to schedule an appearance before the Commission, contact Marionna Poke-Stewart at 919-996-6100


The City of Raleigh's Human Relations Commission (RHRC) serves as an advisor to the City Council in the area of human services and human rights. Human relations shall mean those activities which promote human dignity, equal opportunity and harmony among the many different citizens who make up the population of the City. This definition shall include those activities and programs classified as promoting the general wellbeing of citizens without regard to race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, or national origin in their daily activities.

At its inception, the Human Relations Commission was charged with evaluating human services and human relations within the city and making recommendations to the City Council in areas where its action was required. Initially, these responsibilities carried with them the authority to receive complaints from citizens and to attempt to reconcile disputes within the community.

While the authority to mediate or reconcile complaints from citizens has been removed from the Commission, the supporting language for the Commission confirms an authority to make recommendations to the City Council in the area of human services and human relations. To that end, the Commission will invite speakers to make presentations on issues generally involving questions of diversity and human dignity at its meetings and will make recommendations to the Council for their consideration.


The Commission sponsors a number of activities that promote diversity and human relations. Among them:

  • Human Relations Awards

The annual Human Relations Awards recognize those who make outstanding contributions to advancing human rights in our city. Awards go to individuals, organizations, businesses and students.

  • Mayor's Unity Day Celebration

This annual event brings people together to share ideas that enhance understanding of diverse cultures and improve human relations. Community, faith, business and education leaders, along with residents who want to strengthen human relations, come together to learn about diversity, share insights and build an open and inviting community.

The Commission reviews requests from human services agencies seeking grants from the City and makes recommendations to the City Council. The grants are awarded annually to nonprofits that serve the elderly, youth, handicapped, substance abusers and homeless.

  • Community Dialogues

The Commission sponsored a series of dialogues in 2010 with the theme of "Many Faces, One Community," that engaged the public in how the City of Raleigh can best serve its increasingly diverse population. The Commission presented a report and recommendations based on the dialogues to the City Council in March 2011.


  • Michael Leach
  • Chair
  • Serving: 1st Re-term, 5/7/13 - 5/6/15
  • Chris Moutos
  • Vice-Chair
  • Serving: 1st Re-term, 3/19/14 - 3/18/16
  • Candace Brown
  • Secretary
  • Serving: 1st Term, 7/3/13 - 7/2/15
  • Wrenia Bratts-Brown
  • Serving: 1st Term, 4/16/14 - 4/15/16
  • Tanzeel Chohan
  • Serving: 1st Re-term, 4/16/14 - 4/15/16
  • Brian Fitzsimmons
  • Serving: 1st Term, 3/19/14 - 3/18/16
  • Valerie Jordan
  • Serving: 1st Term, 7/17/13 - 7/16/15
  • Gal McDonald
  • Serving: 1st Term, 6/4/14 - 6/3/16
  • Dave Parnell
  • Serving: 1st Term, 1/25/13 - 1/25/15
  • James Purington
  • Serving: 1st Term, 6/4/14 - 6/3/16
  • Amalia Mercedes Restucha-Klem
  • Serving: 2nd Term, 11/2/12 - 11/2/14

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