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Rev. Sharpton & NAN To Honor Black Cultural Influencers At 11th Annual Triumph Awards

Dec 02, 2020

Tyler Perry, Angela Bassett, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, D-Nice & Sarah Jakes Roberts Among Honorees

(NEW YORK) — On Monday, December 7th, Civil Rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN) will host the 11th annual Triumph Awards to shine a light on leaders using their platforms to further the needs and values of Black communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice climate in America.

Five outstanding honorees will be recognized for their ongoing work within their communities to promote social, racial and economic justice in America. Honorees include: world-renowned actor, producer, and philanthropist Tyler Perry who helped fund the social justice movement; Award winning actress, director, producer and activist, Angela Bassett known for her roles in ‘Black Panther’, ‘Waiting to Exhale’ and more; DJ and Producer D-Nice who brought the love to households across the nation during the pandemic with ‘Club Quarantine’; Activist, writer and trailblazer Brittany Packett Cunningham who is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice; and Trailblazer Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts who has dedicated much of her professional life to the empowerment of Black and brown women and girls.

“This year’s honorees exemplify service and activism in the wake of a year that has exposed challenges haunting civil rights and social justice communities for too long,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, NAN’s president and founder. “In a year tainted by bigotry, hatred and divisiveness, we at NAN are committed to highlighting people making real change. The Triumph Awards recognize and celebrate these significant figures that are both successful leaders in their fields as well as committed advocates for equality and justice. These are people who can be celebrated, lifted, and ultimately emulated in their work.”

This year’s Triumph awards will have performances by record-breaking gospel artist Bishop Marvin Sapp and the Abundance Arts Academy, a black owned dance company from Brooklyn. The Triumph Awards will air virtually on Monday, Dec. 7th, 2020 on and Facebook live at National Action Network.