NAACP LDF HONORS CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPIONS AT 32ND NATIONAL EQUAL JUSTICE AWARDS DINNER
It was more than an awards dinner. It was a time to raise $2 million dollars and honor several civl and human rights leaders.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF) hosted their 32nd National Equal Justice Awards Dinner (NEJAD) at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City on November 1.
Marian Wright Edelman (Founder/President of the Children's Defense Fund) and Judge U.W. Clemon (Alabama's first African-American federal judge) received the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award.
The National Equal Justice Award went to Bryan Stevenson (Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative) and philanthropist couple Dr. P. Roy Vagelos (Chairman of the Board, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and Diana Vagelos (Vice Chairman of Barnard Board of Trustees and Vice President/Treasurer of the Marianthi Foundation, Inc.).
Notable attendees included Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Insecure” actor Kendrick Sampson, Miss Haiti 2014 Christie Desir, and writer Jamilah Lemieux. TV and radio personality Jacque Reid served as emcee.
“I'm standing on the shoulders of people who did so much more with so much less,” Bryan Stevenson said during his acceptance speech. “My grandfather realized that slavery didn't end in 1865, it evolved. So he taught his daughter – my grandmother – that she had to fight. We cannot celebrate civil rights if we're not willing to fight. We've got to fight!”