LOS ANGELES—Community Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the social and economic conditions of South Los Angeles, will honor a living legend, civil rights hero, Rev. James Lawson; and NBA Champion and outspoken mental health advocate, Metta World Peace at its 2013 People Power Progress Awards Dinner. The event will take place on Thursday, October 24 at 6 p.m. at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live, 900 West Olympic Blvd., 90015. Marc Brown and Michelle Tuzee of KABC-TV will co-emcee the affair, which is the organization’s 14th annual.
Annual awards dinner celebrates deserving individuals, who work tirelessly to create positive change in our community. This year Community Coalition is excited to honor legendary civil rights leader, Rev. James Lawson, credited for introducing nonviolent civil disobedience to the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King once described Lawson as the leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolent civil disobedience in the world. Lawson is also one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and trained some of the leading civil rights figures, including the current Congressman, John Lewis. Lawson who was working in Tennessee at the time also brought Dr. King to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers where he was assassinated.
Beginning in 1974, Rev. James Lawson served as pastor for 25 years at Holman United Methodist Church in South L.A. Lawson remains active in various human rights advocacy campaigns from advocating for immigrant rights to fighting against war and militarism.
Community Coalition is also proud to honor NBA Champion Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest. World Peace who is often praised for his prowess on the court, is also an incredible force for the empowerment of people suffering with mental illness. Metta has focused his advocacy on bringing awareness to mental health issues and lifting the stigma of treatment for mental illness. He has advocated for more access to mental health services for young people in schools.
“There is often a lot of negative focus on boys and men of color, but what people don’t see is the positive roles they play in our community,” said Marqueece Harris-Dawson, President and CEO of Community Coalition. “This year’s progress awards will celebrate their contributions toward creating a better world for everyone.”
More information about the event can be found on Community Coalition’s website at www.CoCoSouthLA.org/progressawards.
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