( ENSPIRE COMMUNITY ) The Black Institute Honors Four Dynamic Leaders at its 2017 Justice For All Ball
By ENSPIRE Contributor: Tamara Luke
On May 25, 2017, The Black Institute hosted its 2017 Justice for All Ball in New York City. This year marked the 7th anniversary of the event which honors leaders in our communities who fight for social, political and economic justice.
Guests listened as stories were shared of pivotal moments in the ongoing fight for equality. “It’s easy to roll with someone when there’s no controversy or when there are glittering lights, but what about when there is turmoil and ridicule?” asked Bertha Lewis, the President and Founder of The Black Institute.
According to Lewis, “We wanted four powerful women for our celebration this year that best encapsulated who were true pragmatic progressives.” This year’s recipient of the Person of the Year Award was none other than the dynamic political analyst Joy-Ann Reid, an MSNBC Host and author. Honoree Reverend Leah D. Daughtery, President, and CEO of On These Things, LLC, received the Leadership Award. Daughtery made history by being the first Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention to hold the position twice. She is well known for her work with bringing together people of different faiths to address political issues. The Knowledge & Community Awards were presented to Honorees Linda Sarsour and Tamika D. Mallory, Co-Chairs of the National Women’s March on Washington. Sarsour’s work as a civil rights activist and community organizer has allowed her to become one of the world’s most influential Muslims. Mallory’s contributions to the issues of civil rights and social justice have made her another contender in the fight against inequality.
Rev. L. Daughtery remarked, “Recognizing and honoring our own is an act of resistance.” We’re able to take a stand by simply joining together to celebrate the accomplishments of those who fight to ensure a better future for both the present and next generations. Many attended this event to show their support in honoring those who work hard to bring awareness to the challenges that prevent equality from being experienced by all. Notable guests in attendance included legendary civil rights activist, Hazel Nell Dukes, Public Advocate, Letitia James and Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtery.
Rev. L. Daughtery aims to “make the promise of America the practice of America.” It was inspiring to see these women of distinction address what is presently taking place in society and be honored for taking action to ensure a more equitable future for all.