BATON ROUGE, La. — The New Orleans Council for Community and Justice, the city’s oldest human-relations organization, will present its 56th annual Weiss Awards on Tuesday to 10 individuals and organizations that have made exceptional civic and humanitarian contributions to Louisiana.

Awards will be presented to eight community leaders and two organizations that have been influential in promoting the advancement of social understanding and fighting for change in their communities.

This year’s honorees are: Carol G. Asher, a community activist; George J. Fowler III, founding partner of Fowler Rodriguez; Steve Gleason, a former Saints player and community activist; John D. Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and publisher of The Advocate; Barbara Crain Major, a community organizer; James Meza Jr., superintendent of Jefferson Parish public schools; Alvin L. Richard Jr., CEO of Richard’s Disposal Inc.; William Henry Shane Jr., president of Favrot & Shane Companies Inc.; Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, a community activist group; and Women of the Storm, a civic activist group.