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Sep 28, 2018

NATIONAL COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION CELEBRATED 42nd ANNIVERSARY OF ITS FOUNDING AS THE LARGEST BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COALITION IN THE NATION AT ITS ANNUAL SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY AWARDS CELEBRATION

Hosted Powerful Intergenerational Black Leadership Roundtable Focused on Diversity, Civil Rights, Economic and Social Justice and Empowerment Was Live Streamed by #RolandMartinUnfiltered

Washington, DC (September 28, 2018) -- On September 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 Washington, DC. The event, entitled “2018 Celebrating the Diversity of Our Democracy!” was attended by over 300 NCBCP supporters and sponsors.

The NCBCP’s 2018 Spirit Awardees were: Linda Spradley Dunn, CEO & Founder, Odyssey Media; George Gresham, President, SEIU 1199; Howie Hodges, President & CEO, CH Hodges, Incorporated; 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; Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, Founders of Vestige Strategies and The Collective PAC.

The gala started 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. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies and moderator of the Roundtable discussions was award winning journalist, Founder and Host of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, Roland S. Martin. Martin live streamed Spirit ’18 Awards Ceremony and Black Leadership Roundtables on #RolandMartinUnfiltered.

“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.

Further, NCBCP Chairman of the Board, Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. shared, “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.”


The NCBCP’s 2018 Spirit of Democracy Awards title sponsors included: AT&T, The Coca-Cola Cola Company and Comcast NBC Universal. Premiere sponsors included the Service Employees International Union and Verizon Communications. Additional supporters included AARP, AFGE, APWU, Charter Communications, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Georgia Specific, SEIU 1199, National Urban League, AFSCME and AFGE District 14.

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) was founded in 1976. Today, the NCBCP is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.”
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