Intergenerational Summit on the State of Black America
and the National Visionary Leadership Project
October 17, 2003
The National Visionary Leadership Project held two major events in Washington, DC on Friday, October 17th: an intergenerational Summit on the State of Black America at the Library of Congress (our co-host); and the Visionary Leadership Awards Gala honoring some of our Visionaries in the Performing Arts at the Kennedy Centers intimate Terrace Theater.
The Summit on the State of Black America at the Library of Congress honored five visionaries from the areas of politics, education, and social activism. The five honorees were Edward Brooke, Cardiss Collins, David Dinkins, John Hope Franklin and Dorothy Height.
The intergenerational Summit discussion ran from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Moderated by veteran journalist Bernard Shaw, the audience consisted mainly of students from various colleges and high schools. The 2-hour program was divided into the subject areas of politics, economics and education.
The evenings Visionary Leadership Awards Gala began at 7:30 pm at the Kennedy Center. Hosted by Phylicia Rashad, the black-tie event honored seven Visionaries in the Performing Arts: Ray Charles, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Dick Gregory, Jimmy Heath, Geoffrey Holder and Odetta. Each Visionary chose a younger protégé, who preformed in his or her honor.
The Gala evening ended with an elegant, celebratory dinner in the Kennedy Centers beautiful atrium.