The city's Human Rights Advisory Committee dedicated a display to an historic U.N. declaration.

COURTESY: MARILYN MCDONALD - The Beaverton City Library's display on human rights includes books by George Orwell and Jacqueline Woodson.On Dec. 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Committee is observing the recent anniversary with a display at the Beaverton City Library.

"This Declaration of 30 articles guarantees the rights of all people and encompasses a broad spectrum of economic, social, cultural, political and civil rights," said Marilyn McDonald, member of the advisory committee, in a statement provided to The Times.

"Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Drafting Committee over a two-year period following the end of World War II," the statement continues. "Nations devastated by the horrors of war saw great hope in providing a guiding document that could sustain universal peace and prevent wars. On Dec. 10 the City of Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission set up a two-week display at the Beaverton Library, highlighting commission projects and events, along with a selection of human rights, civil rights and Bill of Rights related books available for checkout. People of all nations still believe in the dream of a lasting peace and absence of war by respecting the human rights of all."

The Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Committee exists to mitigate discrimination and prejudice among city employees, and to promote human rights and decency in the community.

The group's display includes the Newberry Honor coming-of-age novel "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson; anti-fascist allegorical novella "Animal Farm" by George Orwell; and "Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi" by Susan Goldman Rubin.

"Dec. 10, 2018 celebrates 70 years since the UDHR document was adopted," reads the end of McDonald's statement. "Over the next 12 months, help us prove that this is still a living document."

Blair Stenvick
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