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Oct 03, 2023

Tony Award-Winner Leslie Odom Jr., Fearless Fund Co-Founders, Jonathan Greenblatt, Max Seigel, and Stephanie and Floyd Rance to be Recognized on October 16th at Jazz at Lincoln Center

New York, NY –– Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network today announced this year’s Triumph Awards recipients will be Tony Award-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr, the cast and producers of Ossie Davis’ Broadway revival play Purlie Victorious, Fearless Fund cofounders Arian Simone and Ayana Parsons, the Anti-Defamation League’s Jonathan Greenblatt, U.S. Track & Field’s Max Siegel, and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival’s Stephanie and Floyd Rance. The incomparable roster will be honored for their cultural, social, and philanthropic impact at this year’s Triumph Awards on October 16th at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

“The Triumph Awards recognize those cultural influencers who use their platform to drive social change in their respective fields,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN. “As we keep the momentum from the March on Washington building and take a stand against those who seek to undo our civil rights, it has never been more important to celebrate those who use their celebrity to get people off the sideline. The National Action Network is excited to celebrate Leslie, the cast and crew of Purlie, Arian, Ayana, Jonathan, Max, Stephanie and Floyd this October.”

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The Triumph Awards stands as a significant cultural celebration, dedicated to honoring influential figures for their continuous efforts within their respective communities to champion social, racial, and economic justice. In the backdrop of pressing civil rights concerns, this year’s ceremony takes on an even more critical role: violent hate crimes against Black, Brown, Jewish, and AAPI Americans remain a recurring headline; legislation targeting LGBTQ+ rights pose its greatest threat; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives have come under attack. This has been compounded by the Supreme Court decision this summer to gut affirmative action in higher education, which has become fodder to attack DEI efforts in Corporate America.

Rev. Sharpton and NAN’s 2023 honorees represent efforts to stand up against this concerted effort to peel back civil rights. They include:

Tony Award-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr, the cast and producers of Ossie Davis’ Broadway revival play Purlie Victorious

Arian Simone and Ayana Parsons, Co-Founders of the Fearless Fund

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Max Siegel, CEO of U.S. Track and Field

Stephanie and Floyd Rance, Co-Founders of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

These honorees join a roster of historic leaders, entertainers, and advocates who have fought for a more just, equitable society: Vice President Kamala Harris, Tyler Perry, Angela Basset, Quest Love, Queen Latifah, and Spike Lee.

About National Action Network (NAN) 

National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender. 


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