Honorees will be recognized during Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Week


WASHINGTON – Sept 14, 2009 – In an aim to recognize leaders that embody dedication to community service and volunteerism, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), in partnership with Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc. and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), all volunteer-driven organizations; will bestow six public sector leaders with its highest honor in community service, the Community Leadership Award, during its 10th Annual Community Leadership Awards of Excellence reception.

The Award is designed for individuals who have shown commitment to public service and serve as role models to students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The 10th Annual Community Leadership Awards – distinguished honorees are: Eric H. Holder Jr. – 82nd Attorney General of the United States, U.S. Dept. of Justice; The Honorable Barbara Lee – United States House of Representatives, California-9th District; Jane Oates – Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration for the U.S. Dept. of Labor; Pearlie Reed– USDA Assistant Secretary for Administration, at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; Blair Underwood – Actor, Producer, Author & Community Activist; Annie P. Whatley – Acting Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

“The Community Leadership Awards is an opportune time to recognize national leaders who dedicated their careers to public service and goodwill that impacts America and the world positively,” said Dwayne Ashley, President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “This platform enables us to show our appreciation to these individuals for their commitment to community service and being examples that our students can look up to.”

The reception will be held on September 24, 2009 at the Galleria at Lafayette Center; 1155 21st St NW, Washington D.C., from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Event sponsor, Moet Hennessy; will provide a check presentation to TMCF of proceeds from the Hennessy 44 Limited bottle sales commemorating the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

This event will be hosted by Cynne’ Simpson who serves as news anchor on ABC 7/WJLA-TV, Washington, D.C.