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Actresses Vivica A. Fox and Demetria McKinney will Help “Celebrate Our Brothers” at Spirit of Democracy Awards Gala

Honorees are Michael Baisden, Gerald Hudson, Al Dotson, David Honig, Jonathan McDaniel, Joshua DuBois, and Shawn Dove

Washington, DC – Actress and producer, Vivica A. Fox (Set It Off, Independence Day), will host and actress, singer and star of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Demetria McKinney, will perform, and as The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (The National Coalition) “Celebrates Our Brothers” during the 15th annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Gala. Presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to social justice and creating balance in the democratic process, the awards gala will take place Thursday May 17, 2012. at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

Honorees are Michael Baisden, nationally syndicated radio personality, author, philanthropist, and Demetria McKinney social activist instrumental in exposing the Trayvon Martin case; Al Dotson, chairman of the board, 100 Black Men of America; Shawn Dove, campaign manager, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Open Society Foundations; Gerald Hudson, executive vice president, Service Employees International Union (SEIU); David Honig, founder and president, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council; Jonathan McDaniels, actor, recording artist and technology advocate; and Joshua DuBois, executive director of The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

“This year we are proud to be ‘Celebrating Our Brothers.’ The leadership of these men in their respective fields helps to empower underserved communities across the country” said Campbell. “These strong, positive men also set an example of excellence in achievement for young brothers across the country.”

There will also be a special tribute to the late Ruby Campbell Pulliam who was a servant leader in civil rights and women’s rights.

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 Nation Coalition’s mission and vision of making civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition. Sponsors include AT&T and Verizon, among others. The event is open to the public. Individual ticket prices are $175. For tickets or more information call 202 659-4929 or visit to purchase online.

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Founded in 1976, the NCBCP 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 a Black Men & Boys Initiative. 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.

Edrea Davis

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