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May 12, 2008

Congressman Rangel and Gospel Legend Shirley Caesar Offer Healing Words at NCBCP Awards Dinner

"All of the 2008 honorees were truly deserving of accolades. Each of them have demonstrated a consistent commitment to creating balance in the democratic process," said Melanie L. Campbell, executive director and CEO of the NCBCP.

In addition to Congressman Rangel, honorees included Community Empowerment Award recipients, Derrick A. Humphries, Esq, executive director Black Congress on Health, Law & Economics, and Roland S. Martin, syndicated columnist, radio host, and commentator for TV One Cable Network and CNN.

Jerry Lopes, president of American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), was on hand to accept the Corporate Leadership Award for the entire team at the largest radio network reaching urban America.

Acclaimed actress and producer, Sheryl Lee Ralph, presented Bev Smith with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as host of the syndicated radio program, "The Bev Smith Show."

A special presentation was made to NCBCP Black Youth Vote! (BYV!) leaders, Jordan Thierry, national coordinator, BYV!, and Christina Sanders, state coordinator, Texas BYV! They accepted Outstanding Civic Leadership Awards for their overwhelming success in increasing youth participation in this and previous election cycles. Thierry and Sanders also coordinated a march to vote with over 3,000 students at Prairie View University this past February.

Lead sponsors included, General Motors Corporation, State Farm Insurance Company, AT & T and AMGEN. The Spirit of Democracy Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who support the NCBCP's mission and vision of making civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition.

Founded in 1976, the NCBCP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing African American participation in civil society. The National Coalition has trained and engaged African American leaders and community activists in overcoming institutional barriers that have hindered the growth of Black communities politically, socially and economically.

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