Tuesday, April 10, 2012

ASALH 'unveiled its Living Legacy Award at the 2012 Black History Luncheon.'

Association for the Study of African American Life and History
April 4, 2012
Living Legacy Award 
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) unveiled its Living Legacy Award at the 2012 Black History Luncheon.

Sponsored by ASALH partner Farmers Insurance, the award was developed in support of the 2012 Black History theme, "Black Women in American History and Culture."

The Living Legacy Awards honor living African American women who are examples of courage and accomplishment.  The awards were launched during Black History Month, and the first were presented at celebrations held across the nation.   Among those honored during the first phase of the award are Denise Rolark-Barnes (publisher, Washington Informer), Beverly Bond (DJ/producer/fashion model), Roslyn Brock (Civil Rights activist), Peggy Cafritz (arts and education advocate), Lavern Chatman Brown (community advocate, Northern Virginia Urban League),  Marian Wright Edelman (advocate for disadvantaged Americans, and Founder, Children's Defense Fund); Donna F. Edwards (Member of Congress, 4th District, Maryland), Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (historian, Harvard University professor), Lisa Leslie (professional athlete, WNBA), Paula Williams Madison (businesswoman), Vashti M. McKenzie (Bishop, African Methodist Episcopal Church), Nancy Todd Noches ( Civil Rights advocate), Michelle Robinson Obama (First Lady of the United States), Jan Perry (city councilwoman, 9th District, Los Angeles, California), Bernice Johnson Reagon (Civil Rights and arts activist), Paula Whetsel-Ribeau (First Lady, Howard University), Julieanna Richardson (public historian and Founder, History Makers), Beverly Robertson (President, National Civil Rights Museum), Eleanor Holmes Norton (delegate, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC) and Lynn Whitfield (actress).

The second phase of the award, designed to honor the many unsung African American women across the country engaged in extraordinary work to improve  communities, institutions, organizations and family life, has begun.  You can nominate a local unsung hero.  Farmers Insurance is accepting local nominations for the Living Legacy Award through June 1, 2012.  For information about the award and to nominate your favorite unsung hero, visit http://livethelife.farmers.com/livinglegacy/  where the nomination form, directions and contest rules can be found.  A maximum of 20 honorees will be selected; they will be notified no later than August 1, 2012.  Each honoree will be invited to attend the 2012 ASALH Annual Meeting, to be held September 26-30, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA.

     Thank you for your continued support of ASALH and our sponsors. We   hope to welcome YOUR Living Legacy Award winner at ASALH's 97th Annual  Convention in Pittsburgh.
            The Executive Council and Staff of ASALH

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