THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND WILL HONOR PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERS AT 10th ANNUAL COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS

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THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND WILL HONOR PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERS AT 10th ANNUAL COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Honorees will be recognized during Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Week

 

WASHINGTON – Sept 24, 2009 – In an aim to recognize leaders that embody dedication to community service and volunteerism, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), in partnership with Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc. and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), all volunteer-driven organizations;  will bestow six public sector leaders with its highest honor in community service, the Community Leadership Award, during its 10th Annual Community Leadership Awards of Excellence reception.

The Award is designed for individuals who have shown commitment to public service and serve as role models to students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The 10th Annual Community Leadership Awards - distinguished honorees are:

  • Eric H. Holder Jr. – 82nd Attorney General of the United States, U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • The Honorable Barbara Lee – United States House of Representatives, California-9th District
  • Jane Oates – Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Dept. of Labor
  • Pearlie Reed- USDA Assistant Secretary for Administration, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  • Blair Underwood – Actor, Producer, Author & Community Activist
  • Annie P. Whatley – Acting Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Dept. of EnergyActing Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Dept. of Energy

“The Community Leadership Awards is an opportune time to recognize national leaders who dedicated their careers to public service and goodwill that impacts America and the world positively,” said Dwayne Ashley, President  & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “This platform enables us to show our appreciation to these individuals for their commitment to community service and being examples that our students can look up to.”

The reception will be held on Thursday,  September 24, 2009 at the Galleria at Lafayette Center; 1155 21st St NW, Washington D.C., from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. As part of the ceremony, Hennessy will make a contribution to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for two, four-year Hennessy 44 Future Leaders Scholarships created to recognize exceptional individuals and help cultivate the next generation of leaders.

Cynne’ Simpson who is a news anchor on ABC 7/WJLA-TV, Washington, D.C., will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund:

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 Law Schools located in 22 states with a population of well over 235,000 students. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $91 million in scholarships and programmatic and capacity support, enabling more than 7,500 students to attend public HBCU. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) 3, tax-exempt organization.