Black Leaders Honored with Spirit of Democracy Award

NCBCP Marks 42nd Anniversary of its Founding

On Sept. 25, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) celebrated the 42nd anniversary of its founding during its 21st Annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Celebration at The Hamilton in northwest D.C.

The event, “2018 Celebrating the Diversity of Our Democracy,” attracted over 300 NCBCP supporters and sponsors.

The NCBCP’s 2018 Spirit Awardees include: Linda Spradley Dunn, CEO & founder, Odyssey Media; George Gresham, president, SEIU 1199; Howie Hodges, president and CEO, CH Hodges, Inc.; Apollos Baker, legislative and political organizer, American Federation of Government Employees District 14, AFL-CIO; Tony Lewis Jr., community activist, advocate and author; Lamell McMorris, founder, Phase 2 Consulting; and Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, founders of Vestige Strategies and The Collective PAC.

The gala kicked off with a chairman’s reception, followed by the Spirit of Democracy Awards ceremony and concluded with two intergenerational Black leadership roundtables featuring the NCBCP Spirit Awardees. Roland S. Martin, award-winning journalist, founder and host of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

“We are pleased to pause to celebrate The National Coalition’s 42-year history serving as the largest Black civil rights and social justice coalition in our nation dedicated to increasing Black civic engagement, women and girls empowerment and training the next generation of civic and social justice leaders in our nation,” said NCBCP President and CEO Melanie L. Campbell.

NCBCP Chairman of the Board Thomas W. Dortch Jr. shared the following: “This year, we honored some of our nation’s most effective and diverse leaders to engage in an intergenerational dialogue to share their wisdom and ideas on what we can all do better to strengthen our democracy, our economic status in our communities and other key issues impacting Black America, especially at a time when our representative democracy is being challenged by racial division and partisan politics.”

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