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Rev. Al Sharpton & National Action Network to host the Triumph Awards featuring “Our Best” in the arts, entertinament & sports on November 15th at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Nov 08, 2010

John Legend, Phylicia Rashad, Fela! The Broadway Musical, & Cathy Hughes Among Honorees

NY, NY (Saturday, November 13, 2010)-National Action Network (NAN), one of the country’s leading civil rights organizations, has announced the inaugural National Action Network Triumph Awards on November 15, 2010 at Rose Hall in Jazz at Lincoln Center. The ceremony will honor those who have made a positive impact beyond their performance on stage and in the arts and music.

Honorees include: world renowned musician, six-time Grammy Award winner and education activist John Legend who will receive the Triumph Education Award, Phylicia Rashad, currently starring in “For Colored Girls,” Fela! The Broadway Musical, Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc., Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church, the family of the late George Steinbrenner, and Television Commentator and activist Julie Menin. The event is being hosted by MSNBC TV hosts Ed Schultz and Mara Schiavocampo.

According to Rev. Sharpton “The Triumph Awards will be a special night for National Action Network because people like the late James Brown and Michael Jackson always supported what was right, even if it was difficult.  The artists, entertainers and athletes that are being honored have made a mark in their professions and have recognized the need to remain connected to something bigger and greater than any individual achievement.  They have remained connected to the people, have supported their growth and development, and realized that together we are a better world. “

Sponsors include NBC Universal, American Honda, Macy’s, NASCAR, Ariel Capitol, Comcast, General Electric, Pepsi Co., New Roosevelt Initiative, Agnes and Robert Jacobs, Intermedia Partners, and Wal-Mart Inc.

National Action Network is one of the leading Civil Rights organizations in the nation with over 49 chapters across the United States. Founded by Reverend Al Sharpton in 1991, the organization works extensively to promote a modern Civil Rights agenda, which includes a standard of decency for all people regardless of race or sex, social justice for all communities, and improvement of race relations.   Through the years, NAN has served as a megaphone for the voiceless and an advocate for those in need.  The organization champions issues relating to education, racial inequity, voter registration and education, and police misconduct. For more information, please visit

Monday, November 15th 2010
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street

Press check in 6:15 p.m.
Photo Opportunity 7pm – in Jazz Artists Hall of Fame
7:30pm Awards Program Begins – The Allen Room in Rose Hall