SPLC's Cohen Wins National FBI Award

Richard Cohen (SPLC Photo)
Richard Cohen (SPLC Photo)

A Montgomery attorney known nationally for his civil rights work is being honored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI Director's Community Leadership Award was presented to the president and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen.

The national director of the FBI nominated Cohen for his efforts to prosecute the people responsible for some of the civil rights era's most notorious unsolved murders.

Cohen recently helped the FBI establish a new Civil Rights Cold Case Initiative.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Debra Mack presented the award in Montgomery on Thursday. Cohen accepted it on behalf of his staff at the SPLC.

"One thing that is important to remember on an occasion like this is that we have to worry about not just the injustices of the past, but the injustices of our own time," he said. "That's what we're really all about at the Southern Poverty Law Center."

The SPLC is known for its ongoing fight against intolerance and for building the civil rights memorial and visitor center in downtown Montgomery.