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Rev. Al Sharpton Set to Receive Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Award as NAN Announces Annual Action & Authority Reception and Honorees

Aug 29, 2019

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2019) — Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN) will play key roles at the upcoming Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Annual Leadership Conference in September. On September 14th, Rev. Sharpton will receive the Foundation’s Harold Washington Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the African American experience at the annual Phoenix Awards Gala. In a time when the current president and administration is trying to reverse much of what the civil rights movement fought for, it’s a critical time to stand and preserve what Harold Washington and others did against great odds and protect the achievements we’ve made.

“National Action Network has pressed for legislative change to improve the African American experience at all levels of government for nearly three decades. Every step of the way, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has been a reliable and influential partner in our work to fight injustice, protect our communities, and helping us further the dream and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, President and Founder of NAN. “There is no higher distinction for a civil rights activist than recognition from the CBCF and I am humbled to accept the Harold Washington award as we prepare for the most crucial election of our generation.”

**Media interested in attending the Phoenix Awards should contact the CBCF directly.**

NAN’s own awards dinner, the annual Action and Authority Reception, will honor luminaries such as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Tiffany Cross of The Beat DC and is set to take place Thursday, September 12 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

“Every year we elevate women in policy who have answered the call to action in the battles against injustice in their communities, said Ebonie Riley, DC Bureau Chief for NAN. “They have shown unwavering commitment to civil rights and equality and moving our cause from demonstration to legislation. We look forward to honoring them and supporting and highlighting the CBCF’s annual conference.”

Other Action and Authority honorees include Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), the Capitol Hill Black Women’s Congressional Alliance, Dara Baldwin of the Center or Disability Rights, Paula Glover of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, and Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation.


National Action Network Action and Authority Reception


Comcast NBCUniversal
300 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001


Thursday, September 12
6:00–9:00 p.m.


Media interested in attending must register in advance. Please email or call Alex Butcher-Nesbitt at [email protected] or 202-261-4000.