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Sep 21, 2016

National Coalition Celebrates 40th Anniversary At 19th Annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Gala

National Coalition Celebrates 40 Years Leading Black Civic Engagement and Voter Empowerment at its Annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Celebration in the Nation’s Capital

Honorees include Civil Rights Pioneer Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, NAACP Board Chair Rosylyn Brock, Nationwide Diversity Leader Gale King, Emerging AFL-CIO Labor Leader Carmen Berkley and others; NewsOne Host Roland Martin Serving as MC and Moderator

(Washington, D.C.) - The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition/NCBCP) is hosting the 40th Anniversary of its founding (Founded May 1976) during its 19th Annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Celebration on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. The Elegant Evening Affair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001. The 40th Anniversary Theme is “Celebrating the Diversity of Our Democracy.” The celebration will include the following: NCBCP Founders Appreciation Reception (6pm – 7 pm), Spirit Awards Ceremony & Intergenerational Leadership Roundtable (7 pm – 9 pm). Roland Martin will serve as master of ceremonies and moderator, with entertainment from comedian Jonathan Slocumb and The Fix Band.

The National Coalition was founded on May 6, 1976, led the AFL-CIO, Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies and the NAACP, and will be honored during the 40th Anniversary Celebration, along with several dynamic leaders including:Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian, Chairman, C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Gale V. King, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide Insurance, Rosyln M. Brock, Chairman of the Board, NAACP, Carmen Berkley, Director, Civil, Human & Women’s Rights, AFL-CIO and Spencer Overton, President & CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Timothy L. Simons, Vice President & Senior Compliance Officer, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Unit, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; and William Kellibrew, IV, International Advocate for Children & Victims’ Rights, Founder, William Kellibrew Foundation. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will receive special recognition for his trailblazing leadership for his commitment to restore the voting rights to returning citizens of Virginia by signing over 200,000 individual clemency grants.

For four decades, The National Coalition has served as the leading national historically Black-led organization that has as its highest priority increasing civic engagement within the Black community. The National Coalition has established its expertise in leading, convening, facilitating, and engaging effective and diverse coalitions to address the disenfranchisement of Black people and other marginalized communities through leadership development, civic engagement, and issue organizing including: 1) organizing non-partisan integrated voter empowerment and campaign management training; 2) promoting women and girls health, wealth, and wellness; 3) mentoring young Black men and boys on civic leadership and engagement; and 4) promoting affordable broadband expansion and adoption in urban and rural communities.

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