Each year for National Black AIDS Day, we remember those who lost their battle with one of the worst diseases of our time. Since the virus emerged 32 years ago, we have fought a disease that sees no gender, color, socio-economic status or sexual orientation biases. We are ALL affected, ALL impacted and we are ALL potentially susceptible.
Kerry Washington has been named the recipient of the NAACP President’s Award at the 44th Annual Image Awards. Chosen by NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, the President’s Award is given each year in recognition of special achievement and exceptional public service. Van Jones, President Bill Clinton, and Ruby Dee are all past honorees.
President Jealous gave some remarks in celebration of Kerry Washington receiving this Award:
For the first time in 40 years, we have a black woman playing the leading role in a primetime drama on network television. Kerry Washington is a modern trailblazer. Her talent and will have taken her to heights we have not seen in years. She extends the tradition of women like Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson, and Lena Horne. Rather than seeing her professional success as cause for political silence, she has chosen to use it as a platform for social change. Her championing of the rights of women around the world, and her early work to campaign for President Barack Obama are examples of her willingness to be a politically active and risk-taking woman in real life even as she plays one on TV.
Kerry Washington has gained growing success in her acting career, most recently with her roles in Django Unchained and ABC’s Scandal. Her involvement with President Obama’s re-election campaign has made her not only a power player in Hollywood but also a social and political activist within the community.
Washington is an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, and serves on the board of Voices of a People’s History, a non-profit arts and education group. She also sits on the Artist’s Committee for the largest national advocacy association for the arts, Americans For The Arts. In 2008, Washington received several accolades including the Women’s Project Women of Achievement Award, the GWU Alumni Association’s Recent Alumni Achievement Award, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Award, for Washington’s commitment to social advocacy. In 2009, Washington received the US Conference of Mayors Artist-Citizen Award for public leadership in the arts. That year she was also named a member of President Obama’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, headed by First Lady Michelle Obama.
The 44th Annual Image Awards will air on Friday, February 1st at 8pm Eastern Time on NBC.
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While our economy may be recovering nationally, we know communities of color are recovering at a more stagnant rate with disproportionately high unemployment, limited access to economic resources and growing economic inequality. To help meet our communities’ demand for jobs, economic resources and financial literacy, we are hosting a NAACP Diversity Job Fair along with a Financial Advocacy and Community Tour (F.A.C.T.) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Employers as well as non-profits and financial institutions will be in attendance and available to connect you with opportunities for building your economic security.
New FCC rules can shrink African-American ownership of television and radio stations across the country. The Report on Ownership of Commercial Broadcast Stations released by the FCC found that African American owned 231 broadcast stations in 2011– only a fraction of the 9,610 stations owned by whites. African Americans own only one percent of full power commercial television stations. The report highlights the need for more stations owned by people of color and the huge gap between stations owned by people of color and those owned by whites.
Date of Event: January 25, 2013
NAACP 43rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Freedom Fund Banquet
American Bank Center
Guest Speaker: Dr. Cherry Ross Gooden
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Please join us for the 76th Annual Convention, happening on October 11-13, 2012, in Corpus Christi, TX
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