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The Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) hosted its 2013 Triumph Awards on Monday night at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The fourth annual Triumph Awards continued in the tradition of honoring activists who have positively impacted the lives of African-Americans, the under-served, and others whose lives are intertwined in the fight for social justice.

“It has been fifty years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech,” Rev. Al Sharpton stated in a letter regarding the program. “Tonight we celebrate the progress and achievements of trailblazers and agents of change who have helped us move closer to the goal of a more perfect union in this country.”

Following a hilarious send up of Rev. Sharpton featuring comic Kenan Thompson doing his infamous impersonation of the NAN leader in a special video, opening remarks were made by national figures of black life.

Condola Rashad, star of the current Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet, commented on the importance of visibility for black actresses and the continued struggle of civil rights to ensure their equal access to the stage. Her mother, legendary actress Phylicia Rashad, was one of the first recipients of the Triumph Award.

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The fourth annual Triumph Awards

Mike Tyson – The fourth annual Triumph Awards continued in the tradition of honoring activists who have positively impacted the lives of African-Americans, the under-served, and others whose lives are intertwined in the fight for social justice. (Photo: National Action Network)

 

The fourth annual Triumph Awards

 

The Honorable Kasim Reed – The fourth annual Triumph Awards continued in the tradition of honoring activists who have positively impacted the lives of African-Americans, the under-served, and others whose lives are intertwined in the fight for social justice. (Photo: National Action Network)

The fourth annual Triumph Awards

 

Joel Segal – The fourth annual Triumph Awards continued in the tradition of honoring activists who have positively impacted the lives of African-Americans, the under-served, and others whose lives are intertwined in the fight for social justice. (Photo: National Action Network)

 

 

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