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On Monday, December 7, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and civil rights organization National Action Network (NAN) hosted the 11th annual Triumph Awards to shine a light on leaders using their platforms to further the needs and values of Black communities in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic and racial justice climate in America.

Five outstanding honorees were recognized for their ongoing work within their communities to promote social, racial, and economic justice in America. Honorees included: world-renowned actor, filmmaker, and philanthropist Tyler Perry who helped fund the social justice movement; award-winning actress, director, producer, and activist Angela Bassett; DJ and producer D-Nice who created “Club Quarantine”; activist, writer, and trailblazer Brittany Packnett Cunningham; and trailblazer Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts who has dedicated much of her professional life to the empowerment of Black and brown women and girls. 

“This year’s honorees exemplify service and activism in the wake of a year that has exposed challenges haunting civil rights and social justice communities for too long,” said Sharpton, NAN’s president and founder. “In a year tainted by bigotry, hatred, and divisiveness, we at NAN are committed to highlighting people making real change. The Triumph Awards recognize and celebrate these significant figures that are both successful leaders in their fields as well as committed advocates for equality and justice. These are people who can be celebrated, lifted, and ultimately emulated in their work.”

This year’s Triumph awards included performances by gospel artist Bishop Marvin Sapp and the Abundance Arts Academy, a Black-owned dance company from Brooklyn. The Triumph Awards aired virtually on on and Facebook live at National Action Network. 

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