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Larry King (CNN), Andre Harrell (Music Visionary), Robin Roberts (GMA), D.L. Hughley

and others to be present

New York -- Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) will host its eleventh annual Keepers of the Dream Awards Wednesday, April 1st. The awards – given each year in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s death -- honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life. The Keepers of the Dream awards are given by members of the civil rights community who have committed themselves to fairness and racial harmony.

Among this year’s honorees are: Andre Harrell of Harrell Music; Larry King of Larry King Live; Esther Silver-Parker, SVP of Diversity Relations for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Alfred Liggins, Chairman and CEO of Radio & TV One Inc.; Andy Stern, President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Robin Roberts of Good Morning America; Mayor Dwight Jones of Richmond, Virginia; and Maurice Cox, VP of Diversity & Inclusion Development at PepsiCo.

Comedian D.L. Hughley will host the event with appearances by Rev. Run, legendary superstar Kathy Sledge, and R&B sensation Robin Thicke will deliver a special musical tribute to Andre Harrell.


What: 11th Annual Keepers of the Dream Awards

Where: Sheraton Hotel and Towers, 811 7th Avenue (52nd and 7th Avenue).

When:  Wednesday, April 1st, Reception -- 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner – 7:00 p.m.-10 p.m.

Award Show Contacts :

Rachel Noerdlinger

(646) 981.5903


Michelle Pascal 




The Keepers of the Dream Award are held in conjunction with NAN's annual convention. A complete schedule is detailed below:



8:00 am – 10:00 am               Board Meeting

10:00 am – 12:00 pm             Healthcare Panel “The Cost and Casualties of Silence, HIV/AIDS in Black America”

Hosted By: Tony Wafford

Deborah Fraser-Howze - VP, OraSure Technologies 

C. Virginia Fields- President/CEO, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

Eli Dancy- Founder, STFree Certificates

Rev. Deborah Hickman – Pres/CEO, Sisters Together and Reaching, Inc.

Robert Bailey – Center for Disease and Control


10:30 am - 12:30 pm              Women's Panel “The Professionals: The Professional Black Women's Guide to Navigating in the Obama Era”

Hosted by: Star Jones - Commentator and Television Host

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm                 Chapter Workshops

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm                 Keepers of the Dream Awards Reception  (INVITATION ONLY)

7:00 pm -11:00 pm                Keepers of the Dream Awards Program  (INVITATION ONLY)




10:00 am                                 Plenary Session

Arne Duncan – United States Secretary of Education


10:30 am- 12:00 pm   Media Panel “Has Media Coverage Changed Now That We Have an African American President”

Hosted By: Rev. Al Sharpton and Rachel Noerdlinger, VP of Communications, NAN

Matt Lauer- Co-Anchor, NBC Today Show

Allison Samuels- Correspondent, Newsweek

Elinor Tatum – Amsterdam News

Errol Louis – Columnist, New York Daily News

Dominic Carter – Host, Inside City Hall, NY 1

Stanley CrouchColumnist, NY Daily News


10:30 am - 12:30pm               Minister’s Panel “Liberation Theology and the Black Church in the age of Obama”

Hosted By: Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, Friendship West Baptist Church

Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook - Senior Pastor, Bronx Christian Fellowship Church

Bishop Elijah Bernard Jordan – Founder/Chief prelate, Zoë Ministries

Reverend Clinton MillerPastor, Brown Memorial Baptist Church

Dr. Brad Braxton Senior Minister, Riverside Church

Dr. Obrey Hendricks – Professor, New York Theological Seminary

Reverend Cecil Stone- Pastor, United Methodist Church of Springfield Gardens 

Reverend Dr. Rudolph McKissick - Senior Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church

Reverend Reginald Tuggle – Pastor, Memorial Presbyterian Church


12:30 pm - 2:30 pm               Reverend Dr. William A. Jones Memorial Luncheon (INVITATION ONLY)


Hazel N. Dukes - President, NYS Conference of the NAACP

Dabney Montgomery - Tuskegee Airman and former security for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reverend Timothy Wright – Pastor, Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ,  Brooklyn NY

Dr. James A. Forbes – Senior Pastor, Emeritus, Riverside Church 



Reverend Dr. H. Beecher Hicks - Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church of Washington

Reverend Jesse Jackson – President/ Founder Rainbow Push Coalition


2:30 pm- 3:30 pm                  Corporate Panel - “How Corporate America Partners with the Minority Community during These Economically Challenging Times”


Hosted By: Don Coleman- Chairman/CEO, Global Hue Inc.

Ester Silver-Parker -Senior VP of Diversity Relations for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
Maurice Cox - VP of Diversity & Inclusion Development at PepsiCo

Brenda Scott – VP Government Affairs, Macy’s

Tracey Maitland- Pres/CIO, Advent Capital

Butch Graves Jr. – Pres/CEO, Earl G. Graves Publishing Co.

Herman “Skip” Mason – President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Donna Pedro – Senior Partner Chief Diversity Officer, Ogilvy & Mather

Hanif Russell – Chairman/CEO, Black Business Works

Weldon Latham – Partner, Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP


4:00 pm                                              Screening of HBO Documentary

The Black List Vol. 1 and Vol. 2


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                 American Conversation with Rev. Al Sharpton and Newt Gingrich

Moderated By:
Mort Zuckerman

                                                            Owner of New York Daily News & US World Report



Education Equality Project (EEP) Day

Workshops covering charter schools, public school funding and education issues


10:00 am - 11:30 am                          Education Panel “How to Ensure Your Child Gets A Great Education” 

Moderated By: Joe Williams –( DFER) Democrats For Education Reform

Kyesha Bennett/Natasha Shannon, Harlem Parents United

Ginny Ford, Executive Director of D.C. Parents for School Choice


10:30 am – 12:30 pm             Criminal Justice – “Closing Guantanamo:
                                                Terrorism and Civil Liberties in the age of Obama”

Hosted By:  Michael A. Hardy, Esq. – General Counsel, National Action Network

Moderated By: Zachary W. Carter, Esq. – Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP

Mark W. Smith – Partner, Smith, Valliere & Martinez, PLLC / VP, NYC Federalist Society

Arthur Eisenberg, Esq. – Legal Director, New York Civil Liberties Union

Joshua Colangelo – Bryan, Esq. – Attorney at Law, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP


11:30 pm - 2:30 pm               Luncheon - A Conversation on Education

Rev. Al Sharpton – Pres/ Founder, National Action Network

Joel Klein – Chancellor of New York City Public Schools

James Mtume – Radio Personality

Howard Fuller - Education Professor and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University

Margaret Spellings - Former United States Secretary of Education

Mayor Adrian Fenty – Mayor of Washington D.C

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – Mayor of Los Angeles, CA

Mayor Michael Bloomberg – Mayor of New York City, NY

Mayor Kevin Johnson – Mayor of Sacramento, CA


3:00 pm                                  Plenary Session

Shaun Donovan - United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm                 Education Panel “Schools That Work”

Moderated By: Kevin Chavous - Chair of the Washington D.C. Council Education Committee

David Whitman – Author, Sweating the Small Stuff

Jarvis Sanford – Principal, Dodge Renaissance School

Ben Chavis – Principal, American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland

Ryan Hill - KIPP Newark

Dr. Lenora Fulani – Co-Founder, All Stars Program


4:00 pm – 5:30 pm                 What Happened to Dr. King's Dream?

Moderated by: Martin Luther King III

Rev. Al Sharpton – Pres/Founder, National Action Network

Mark Morial – Pres/ CEO, National Urban League 

Benjamin Jealous – Pres/CEO, NAACP



9:00 am – 11:00 am               Nan Live Radio Broadcast

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm               Sharing Ourselves...Healing Starts With Us

An upfront and personal look at what depression looks like, feels like and sounds like in our communities across the country-- from the voices of people you know

Moderated by Terrie M. Williams: Mental Health Advocate and author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm               Youth Empowerment Summit (YES): “Who Am I Now?!”

Hosted By: Tamika Mallory - Director, NAN Decency Initiative,

Dominique Sharpton - Director, NAN Youth Move

Kim Cooper, Hip Hop 4 Life


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm               Discussion1: Design Your Image

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm                 Discussion2: Let’s Talk About Sex

2:00 pm – 4: 00 pm                Discussion3: Defeating Intergenerational Disconnect

Hosted By: Chris Peoples - Regional Vice President, National Action Network


Convention Contact :

Rachel Noerdlinger

(646) 981.5903


Rita Abrahams

(646) 241-1676





Michelle A. Pascal
MAP Unlimited
212-234-1995 phone
917-715-3659 cell


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