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We wanted to share the following news from Abyssinian Development Corporation, one of the country’s most influential and accomplished community development non-profits. On Wednesday, June 19th, as part of the annual HARLEM RENAISSANCE DAY OF COMMITMENT—a gathering of top business, cultural and community leaders making an impact in NYC and around the world—more than 600 distinguished leaders in the African American community gathered to focus on the need to protect and support every child’s right to a high-quality education.
The following were recognized by Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III and presented with prestigious Abyssinian Development Corporation Renaissance Awards—each award was a work of art created by children from the Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year:
· Howard Schultz—Founder, President and CEO of Starbucks
· Harry Belafonte— American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist
· The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg—Mayor of the City of New York
Honorary Harlem Renaissance Day of Recognition Chair Kathryn C. Chenault, Esq. was also acknowledged for her ongoing support of ADC’s educational initiatives.