Friday, April 20, 2007
Rev Al Sharpton Holds 9th Annual MLK, Jr. Conference
AAEA President Norris McDonald attended The Ninth Annual 'Keepers of the Dream' Dinner and Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Al Sharpton's National Action Network. The accompanying four day conference featured presidential candidates John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Bill Clinton also spoke at the event. The event was held at the Sheraton in New York City.
Awardees included Melody Spann-Cooper (Excellence in Business), W. Frank Fountain (Corporate Executive Award), Rev Dr. Frederick Haynes (Wyatt T. Walker Service Award), Leo Hindrey (Outstanding Business Award), Spike Lee (Humanitarian Award), Soledad O'Brien (Woman of Excellence Award), Forest City Ratner (Community Development Award), Karen Boykin-Towns (Community Service Award) Christopher Williams (Outstanding Enrepreneur) and Richard Womack (MLK, Jr. Labor Award).
The award to Antonio "L.A." Reid was withdrawn over the 'Don Imus' factor.