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White House Correspondent April Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her “Fabric of America” news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners (millions of African Americans and close to 300 radio affiliates) a “unique urban and minority perspective in news.” Her position as a White House Correspondent has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and attendant political struggles of our nation’s last presidents.
Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
As a leader of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II has reached out to communities in over 30 states and organized thousands to join him in a movement to end systemic racism and poverty. An accomplished organizer, writer, and speaker, Rev. Barber is also the architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, which gained national acclaim in 2013 with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly and continues to work toward equal treatment and opportunity for all. Rev. Barber is a pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, and a visiting professor of public theology and activism at Union Theological Seminary.
State Champion Award
Representative Barbara Flynn Currie
For nearly 40 years, Representative Barbara Flynn Currie has resisted the status quo for people most in need and least proximate to power. Among her many accomplishments, Representative Currie sponsored Illinois’s Earned Income Tax Credit Act; vigorously supported measures to ensure adequate state revenues, including the Fair Tax Amendment; sponsored the All Kids program and the Equal Pay Act; and provided crucial leadership during the welfare reform battles of the 1990s. The first woman ever to serve as Majority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives, Currie is a distinguished leader, powerful advocate, and valued advisor.