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Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai, Rep. John Lewis, Producer Kenny’Babyface’ Edmonds to Receive Spirit of Democracy Awards May 12


What: Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai, Congressman John Lewis, and super-producer, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds are among the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) 2005 Spirit Of Democracy Award recipients. The Spirit of Democracy Awards are presented to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to creating balance in the democratic process and support the NCBCP’s mission of making civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition. The NCBCP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing African American participation in civil society.

Who: The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s 2005 honorees are:

-- Congressman John Lewis, (D-Ga.);

-- Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Laureate;

-- Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Tracey Edmonds, and Jonathan Lewis- producers of the historic, star-studded remake of “Wake Up Everybody;”

-- Senator Arlen Specter (invited);

-- Evelyn G. Lowery, founder and chair, SCLC/W.O.M.E.N;

-- Joe Davis, co-managing partner MGM Grand Detroit;

-- Jennifer Henderson, president, Strategic Interventions;

-- Ronald Walters, Ph.D., director, African American Leadership Institute, University of Maryland.

Entertainment: Jazz artist Julia Nixon

Co-hosts: Clayola Brown, NAACP Image Award chair and George Curry, editor-in-chief, BlackpressUSA

When: Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.; Press Reception 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.


Contact: To schedule an interview or RSVP for the event contact Edrea Davis, 818-613-9521 or 202-659-4929


Editor’s Note: Tracey Edmonds, Dr. Ronald Walters, Jonathan Lewis, Evelyn Lowery, Joe Davis, and Jennifer Henderson are available for interview prior to event.


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