Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network host 2018 Triumph Awards honoring Meek Mill, Rosalind Brewer and more

Al Sharpton and Meek Mill
Al Sharpton and Meek Mill attend the 2018 Essence Festival. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence)

Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN) have announced the six honorees for the 9th Annual Triumph Awards, which celebrates distinguished individuals who use their talent and resources to empower and uplift their community. The various honorees this year are influencers from the worlds of corporate, legal, entertainment, and music who will be honored in New York City.

This year, NAN will recognize Starbucks Chief Operating Officer (COO) Rosalind Brewer, Academy Award nominee and actor Terrence Howard, award-winning rapper and criminal justice reform advocate Meek Mill, President of Combs Enterprises Dia Simms, Managing Partner of law firm Tacopina & Seigel, Joe Tacopina, and acclaimed Emmy & Tony-winning actor Jeffrey Wright.

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“This year’s nominees exemplify the kind of service and activism that should be expected from public figures and officials,” Sharpton said in a press release “In a news cycle dominated by Donald Trump and his bigoted, anti-civil rights administration, we at NAN are committed to highlighting people making real change and those that can shape public opinion to make it happen.”

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“The challenges are so great for the civil rights and social justice communities in the United States that we often fail to celebrate our successes as we move from fight to fight,” he added. “The Triumph Awards are a yearly opportunity to recognize and celebrate high-profile figure that are both successful leaders in their fields as well as staunch advocates for equality and justice. These are people who can be celebrated, lifted up, and ultimately emulated in their work.”

Sharpton founded the National Action Network in 1991 and it has since become one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the U.S.

NAN’s annual Triumph Awards takes place on Tuesday, October 9 at Jazz at the Lincoln Center Jazz.

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