Julia Lambert, of Winfield, will receive the Human Rights Award from the national office of Church Women United at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Community Council Room at City Hall. A reception will follow the celebration.
Lambert, a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, said her life has been directed by her belief in human rights. “I believe every human being has the right to life, liberty and freedom. Jesus told us to love one another as we love ourselves, and that’s the bottom line. I believe all civil rights are for everyone.”
She said perhaps her beliefs came from her mother who was schizophrenic. “I had to learn that we are all different, and we all have rights. We are all one,” Lambert said.
Lambert’s many accomplishments in Winfield have qualified her for the award.
She spent 25 years employed at SRS working with clients.
As an active member of Winfield Community Theatre, she has been president of the board of directors, directed a number of productions, starred in several plays and is currently lighting director.
With Kiwanis Club, she has supported the Winfield Community Food Pantry and has been involved with the Kiwanis iodine deficiency program.
With Choctaw (Saytaw) ancestry, Lambert has been a member of the All Native American Center which held a pow wow a few years ago to enlighten the community on Native American culture.
“My stepmom was Cherokee,” Lambert said. “I learned so much from her.”
A member of Grace United Methodist Church, Lambert has served as financial secretary, the endowment committee and the hand bell choir.
The public is invited to attend the celebration.