Monday, January 31, 2011

African American Leadership Project to Host Awards Ceremony

From the The African American Leadership Project:
The African American Leadership Project (AALP) will host its first Morris F.X. Jeff Jr. Community Service Awards ceremony on Thursday February 17th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm at the Anthony Bean Community Theatre, located at 1333 So. Carrollton Ave.

According to AALP Chairperson Mrs. Gail Glapion, “we seek to recognize the life work and honor the memory of the late Dr. Morris X Jeff Jr., beloved and highly respected community leader, Afrocentric scholar-activist and city official who was one of the original founding members of the AALP.” It is our intent to recognize individuals and institutions for their contribution to the progress and well being of the African American community of New Orleans, and the overall good of the entire human family.

This year’s individual honoree is Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, founding member of the AALP, and its 1st Project Manager. He is also a former Professor of African World Studies and lead faculty for the Global Issues Honors Consortium at Dillard University. Since its founding in 2002-03, Dr. Sanyika has served the AALP with distinction, and has been a leading voice for equity and justice for African Americans and other marginal groups in the recovery and rebuilding of the city.

This year’s institutional honoree is radio station WBOK-1230 AM, the leading radio voice of the African American community of New Orleans. In its brief 3 years of existence, WBOK has evolved from a small local AM radio station into a nationally prominent media outlet that covers diverse aspects of the African American experience in New Orleans. It is also a primary source of day to day information, public commentary and analysis of issues of concern to African Americans that mainstream media may sometimes distort or not cover at all.

During the event, the AALP will formally introduce the public to its new Project Manager, Attorney Ernest Jones, an accomplished public attorney and justice advocate. According to event Co-chairs Gail Glapion and Jones, the AALP will also announce the launching of its Economic Justice campaign which is intended to track recovery/rebuilding dollars and contracts to determine if African Americans have received their fair share. Music and refreshments will be provided at the event in addition to networking opportunities and cultural fun. A donation of $30.00 per person is requested. For more information, contact Ms. Cher Washington at 504-240-2222.

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