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Feb 13th

Clay receives Spirit of Democracy award

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congressmanclayWashington, DC -Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, US Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), is among the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's 2010 Spirit of Democracy Award recipients, Melanie L. Campbell, executive director and CEO of The National Coalition, announced recently. The awards will be presented during The National Coalition's 13th Annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Gala on Wednesday, May 19.

Other 2010 Spirit Honorees include: Ralph Everett, president and CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Tony Gladney, vice president, National Diversity Relations, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.; Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League; and Makani Themba-Nixon, executive director, The Praxis Project.

"All of our 2010 honorees work in their own way to make change happen," said Campbell. "This year's theme is 'The Year to Make Change Happen,’ so we selected people who have taken the lead to make change happen in poor and underserved communities across the country."

The Spirit of Democracy Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to creating balance in the democratic process and support the NCBCP's mission and vision of making civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition. Sponsors include Amgen, AT&T, Verizon, AFL-CIO, and AFT, among others.

Founded in 1976, The National Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing African American participation in civil society.  The current programs and initiatives of the organization include Black Youth Vote!, Black Women's Roundtable, and the Unity Diaspora Coalition's 2010 census and mid-term election campaigns. The National Coalition has trained and engaged African American leaders and community activists in overcoming institutional barriers that have hindered the growth of Black communities politically, socially and economically.

The event is open to the public. Individual ticket prices are $175. For tickets or more information call (202) 659-4929  or visit


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