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"NCBCP Spirit of Democracy Honorees Announced"

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Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee; actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph; editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence, Susan L. Taylor; and retired Command Sergeant Major, Michele S. Jones; are the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) 2009 Spirit of Democracy Award recipients, NCBCP executive director and CEO, Melanie L. Campbell announced recently. The awards will be presented during the twelfth annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Dinner, Tuesday May 12th 6:30 PM, at the Capital Hilton (Presidential Ballroom), in Washington, DC. For more information call (202) 659-4929.

"This year's theme is 'Celebrating Our Sisters: Embracing Service, Lifting as We Rise," said Campbell. "Our 2009 honorees have done a phenomenal job in their respective careers and also remained dedicated to serving others. Service is the key to empowering the poor and underserved. By lifting those in need, we will all rise."

Renowned jazz artist, composer, and electrifying showman, Marcus Johnson (Phoenix, In Concert for a Cause), will provide entertainment for the evening.

Sponsored in part by AMGEN, the Spirit of Democracy Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to creating balance in the democratic process and 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 current programs and initiatives of the organization include Black Women's Roundtable, Unity Civic Engagement and Voter Participation Campaign, Black Youth Vote!, Operation Big Vote! Training Academy and the new youth community service initiative. 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. For tickets or more information call 202 659-4929 or visit www.ncbcp.org.


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