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Rev. Joseph E. Lowery and other civil rights and humanitarian leaders awarded this month for Standing-up for Social Equity
Over 200 people attended Georgia STAND-UP’s fundraiser and awards dinner, with Congressman John Conyers as keynote speaker, to honor Rev. Lowery, Rev. Orange & other leaders who fight for social injustices in housing, transportation and civil rights
Atlanta – On Thursday, November 11, 2010, at The Biltmore, over 200 people attended Georgia STAND-UP’s 5th year anniversary celebration where several leaders were honored for their work in the fight for social justice. The evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies, JaQuitta Williams of CBS Atlanta News, welcomed to the stage old friends Rev. Joseph E. Lowery and Congressman Conyers (D-MI). She led them in an intimate and inspiring conversation about whether there is still a need for “agitators” in the new social movement. Lowery responded by saying, “we always need agitators and we need to train up agitators in the way they need to go. You don’t need just old agitators because they get tired; you need new young agitators…”
Other honorees were invited to engage with community award recipients in similar conversations on stage. These honorees included Mrs. Evelyn Lowery, civil rights leader, William Brennan Esq. of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Dr. Beverly Scott of MARTA and Ann Bastain of The New World Foundation. This unique setting allowed for honorees to share their stories, passions and encouragement for the future generations following in their path in the fight against social injustices.
Georgia STAND-UP, a nonprofit Think and Act Tank for working communities, is an alliance of leaders representing community, faith, academic, and labor organizations which organizes and educates communities about issues related to economic development. The organization’s goal is to alleviate poverty and encourage regional equity through the empowerment of leaders and the inclusion of community benefits. The mission is to provide information and resources to help create healthy, livable neighborhoods while respecting the right of existing residents to benefit from the progress and developments taking place within their communities.