Tonight Wade Henderson, Minyon Moore and Rev. Al Sharpton Among 2011 Spirit of Democracy Honorees

May 18, 2011, 13:07 ET from National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

TV Host & Author, Star Jones, to Serve as MC

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition)  will host the 14th annual "Spirit of Democracy Awards Black & White Gala," and kick off the organization's 35th  anniversary celebration on May 18, 2011, 6 p.m. at the Renaissance DC Hotel. There will be a special tribute to Dr. Ronald Walters, National Coalition board member and internationally recognized political scientist who passed away last year.

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 of making civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition. The event is open to the public. Individual ticket prices are $150. For tickets or more information call 202 659-4929 or visit to purchase online.

WHO: The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (

Star Jones, author of "Satan's Sisters" (Mistress of Ceremonies)


Wade Henderson, president CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Minyon Moore, principal, Dewey Square Group;

Rev. Al Sharpton, president, National Action Network;

Yelberton Watkins, chief of staff, Congressman James Clyburn's Office;

Dennis Van Roekel, president, National Education Association;

Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers.

WHAT: Spirit of Democracy Awards Black & White Gala

WHEN:  DATE: Wednesday May 18, 2011

TIME: 6 p.m. (reception) 7 p.m. (dinner starts)

WHERE: Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel - Grand Ballroom

  999 9th Street, Washington, DC 20001

HOW: Media RSVP to Edrea via email:  or 818.613.9521

by 4 p.m. Wed. May 18.

Contact: Edrea Davis/770.961.6200

SOURCE National Coalition on Black Civic Participation