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The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission was established in 1955 and is authorized to administer and enforce the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRAct) and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (PFEOA) with the purpose of identifying and el... more.
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University of Kansas
Homer C. Floyd, d'61, Physical Education (2013)
Floyd was among the first African-Americans in the 20th century to play on KU's football team. He won All-Conference honors in the Big Eight and was co-captain, the first African-American to serve in this leadership role. After earning his KU degree, he began a pioneering career devoted to civil rights enforcement. During the 1960s, he served as executive director of the Topeka Human Relations Commission, the Omaha Human Relations Board and the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights. As executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission from 1970 until his retirement in 2011, Mr. Floyd led the resolution of cases that resulted in benefiting millions of racial minorities, women and people with disabilities. In 1999 and 2002, he received the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Outstanding Achievement Award. When he retired from the Commission in 2011, Gov. Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania declared that Mr. Floyd "…leaves behind the legacy of a far more just and fair Pennsylvania."
Chief Rolf Garcia been invited at the request of Homer C. Floyd, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), to participate as a Review Team Member.
Executive Director Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
Homer C. Floyd
Homer C. Floyd was Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, a position he held from February 1970 until retirement, January 2011. Mr. Floyd was responsible for directing the enforcement of the civil rights laws for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which included the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunity Act. He provided leadership and direction in many precedent setting cases, which resulted in removal of barriers that limited opportunities for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and many other protected class members. Over the years, thousands have benefited from his work. Before coming to Harrisburg, Mr. Floyd held positions in agencies at the local, state, and federal levels in Kansas, Nebraska, and Washington, D. C. From 1966-1970, Mr. Floyd was Executive Director of the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights and a consultant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, serving North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. He also served as consultant to the Government of the Virgin Islands and to numerous state and local agencies. Mr. Floyd's career in human rights began after he spent 18 months as a Recreation Department Supervisor in Kansas City, Missouri. Joining the Kansas Commission in 1961, he left in 1964 to become Executive Director of the Topeka Human Relations Commission. From there, Mr. Floyd went to Washington, D. C. to assist in the preparation of rules, regulations, procedures and training programs for the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1965, he became Executive Director of the Omaha Human Relations Board. Mr. Floyd also is a former professional football player with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League. Mr. Floyd has and continues to serve on many Boards and Commissions, including Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, member of the Samuel L. Abrams Foundation Board, the Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee, U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Standing Committee, past Chair of the Central Pennsylvania Advisory Board to the United Negro College Fund, past President of the Boys' Club of Harrisburg, former member of the Board of Directors of the Tri-County United Way, Board of Directors of the Harrisburg Area YMCA, a life member and former Polemarch of the Harrisburg Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, life member of the NAACP, member of the National Association of Human Rights Workers, life member of the Kansas University Alumni Association, member of the Harrisburg Chapter of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, and member of the Executive Committee of the Dauphin County Democratic Committee. Mr. Floyd holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and has done additional work at Fisk University (Nashville, Tennessee). Mr. Floyd was married to the late Mattie M. Longshore and has three children and three grandchildren.
Homer Floyd: former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission