2019 Triumph Awards
Celebrities, Business & Civil Rights Leaders, Local Notables & Dignitaries Attended NAN’s 2019 Triumph Awards
Rev. Al Sharpton & NAN Honored Naturi Naughton, Alicia Garza, Van Jones, Dominique Morisseau, Ivy Mcgregor And Isiah Thomas With The 2019 Triumph Award At The Iconic Apollo Theater
New York, NY — At The Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, Rev. Al. Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN) recognized a range of leaders that are influencing Black culture at the annual Triumph Awards. Honorees include leaders in civil rights and social justice, the arts, entertainment, education, business, and sports. Each recipient was honored for the positive impact they’ve made on society by utilizing their talents and resources to help change humanity in their respective fields. In their honor, Rev. Sharpton shared their personal stories with guests in the packed venue, on the honorees using their platforms to further the Black community’s social justice agenda.
With this current administration and their continuous efforts to reverse the progress of the civil rights movement, NAN’s activism is needed today more than ever. The event was hosted by award-winning NY1 anchor and author Cheryl Wills with a performance by award-winning gospel singer-songwriter, Le’Andria Johnson. The Greater Allen AME Cathedral Ensemble, Grace Baptist Church Choir, and the cast of Ain’t Too Proud The Life & Times of The Temptations opened the night with their performance followed by the honorees which included: Naturi Naughton, award-winning actress, singer, and songwriter; Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and a leading organizer, writer and the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Van Jones, a criminal justice leader who continuously sheds light on injustices through his work as CEO of REFORM Alliance and his CNN show The Van Jones Show; Ivy McGregor, a licensed ordained minister, author and CEO of Ivy Inc. & Social Responsibility/BEYGOOD; Dominique Morisseau, an actress and playwright whose work reflects and highlights the lives of individuals and communities grappling with economic and social changes; and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, a businessman, philanthropist and one who dedicates his free time enhancing youths’ access to academic enrichment programs and recreation through his non-profit Mary’s Court named after his mother. All these individuals who recognized the power in their voice utilized it to impact and engage their communities positively.