Alma J. Powell honored by Lincoln Center Education

theGRIO REPORT - Alma J. Powell was honored Tuesday by the Lincoln Center Education (LCE) at their annual gala for her work as America's Promise Alliance chair.

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Alma J. Powell was honored Tuesday by Lincoln Center Education (LCE) at their annual gala for her work as America’s Promise Alliance chair.

The education advocate works with over 350 partner networks to guide their efforts in helping young people by connecting them with the necessary resources.

Powell also plays a key role in the GradNation Campaign, an America’s Promise initiative aiming to raise the nation’s high school graduation rate to 90 percent by the year 2020. Raising the number of high school graduates is a feat the LCE recognizes as vital to our nation’s progress.

Founded in 1975 as a division of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, LCE honors one person in the education field each year. During the selection process, the Lincoln Center board of directors collectively discuss potential honorees and decide who they would like to highlight as having impacted the world of education for that year.

This year’s LCE Annual Gala was chaired by former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. and his wife, Emily. Saturday Night Live actress Rachel Dratch, Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder and Broadway actress Kerry Butler were among the celebrities in attendance.

Powell was accompanied by her husband, former secretary of state and one of this year’s Grio’s 100, Gen. Colin Powell.

Past honorees of the LCE include Gov. Jeb and Columba Bush (2012) and former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel. I. Klein (2011).

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