The UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity is excited to announce that we are partnering with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to honor the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer at the 6th Annual Hidden Heroes Awards on November 17 at the New York University Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
The Awards Ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. and a VIP reception will start at 6 p.m. The event will include a light dinner and an opportunity to mingle with celebrities including Steve McQueen, director and producer of “12 Years a Slave, who will be presented the Media Hero Award; Congressman John Lewis, one of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders; and actor, singer, and activist Harry Belafonte, and others.
Rep. Lewis will present Freedom Summer Visionary Awards to social justice heroes Myrlie Evers, Bob Moses, Dave Dennis, Andrew Young on behalf of seminal organizations responsible for Freedom Summer — CORE, SCLC, SNCC and the NAACP. These visionaries will also participate in a discussion with youth activists facilitated by Master of Ceremonies, John Quiñones of ABC News and host of “What Would You Do?”
Non-profit leaders who exemplify the ordinary person taking extraordinary action on behalf of others — the spirit that motivated Andrew Goodman to travel to Mississippi in 1964 — will be recognized as Hidden Heroes. The 2014 Hidden Heroes are Steven Brown, President and CEO, Greyston; Tony Hillery, Executive Director, Harlem Grown; and Jeff Steinberg, Founder and Executive Director of Education, Sojourn to the Past.
Ticket proceeds will support The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s youth programs, Vote Everywhere and Fellowship for Social Change. Please join us and a diverse group of community partners to honor this significant historical event – Freedom Summer 1964 – and today’s social justice change agents.
For more information, go to hiddenheroesawards.com.
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The Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was founded in July 2011. With a vision to make Arkansas the best state in the country for promoting and celebrating racial and ethnic diversity, the Institute conducts research, promotes scholarship and provides programs that address racial inequities. It does so by facilitating open and honest dialogue aimed at empowering communities and informing public policy to achieve more equitable outcomes.