13th Red Nation Film Festival Edward R. Roybal Award will be awarded to a deserving recipient at the RNCI Red Nation Awards Show November 2016.
The prestigious Edward R. Roybal Award was first unveiled at RNCI Red Nation Awards in November 2015.
Edward R. Roybal (February 10, 1916 – October 24, 2005) was a member of the Los Angeles, California, City Council for thirteen years and of the U.S. House of Representatives for thirty years.
Former U.S. Representative
Organizations founded: National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Roybal was born on February 10, 1916, into a Hispanic family that traced its roots in Albuquerque, New Mexico back hundreds of years, to the Roybals who settled the area before the founding of Santa Fe. In 1922, a railroad strike prevented his father from being able to work, and Roybal, age 6, was brought his family to the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1934. After graduation, Roybal joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. After serving in the CCC, Roybal studied business at UCLA and law at Southwestern University.
He served a stint in the Army, where he worked as an accountant for an infantry unit.
On January 8, 2001, he was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton.
Roybal died of respiratory failure complicated by pneumonia at the age of 89 on October 24, 2005, at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. He was survived by his wife, Lucille, and children Lucille Roybal-Allard, Lillian Roybal-Rose and Edward Roybal Jr. A funeral service was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and burial was at Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles.
At the time of his death, more buildings in Los Angeles and in the nation were named after him than any other single person. Among the buildings named for Roybal are the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building, located in what had been his home district in California, and the main campus of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging.
On March 25, 2008, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted to name Central Los Angeles High School #11 (formerly Belmont Learning Center) as Edward R. Roybal Learning Center. The school opened on September 3, 2008.
Every February, on or near Roybal’s birthday, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) hosts the Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala  in Washington, D.C., as a tribute to the contributions he made to the nation, to NALEO and to the NALEO Educational Fund, of which he was the Founder Emeritus.
The Metro Gold Line Edward R. Roybal Linea de Oro Eastside Extension opened in November 2009. It runs through East Los Angeles from Union Station to Atlantic.
He was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on November 24th, 2014.
Criteria and Eligibility for Receiving the Edward R. Roybal Community Service Award: click here.
For more information please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_R._Roybal