The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF), a civic engagement organization that empowers the next generation to initiate and sustain social action, is pleased to announce that it will honor Neighborhood Trust CEO Justine Zinkin at the 2015 Hidden Heroes Awards. Ms. Zinkin will receive the Hidden Heroes Award for empowering low-income individuals to become productive participants in the U.S. financial system and achieve their financial goals through counseling and empowerment programs at Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners.
The Hidden Heroes Award event will be held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 8 PM, with a VIP Reception at 6 PM.
“Despite many gains, justice continues to elude us,” said Andrew Goodman Foundation Executive Director Sylvia Golbin-Goodman. “Our goal for the evening is to highlight the work of individuals who have dedicated their life to promoting social justice, and offer an informative panel discussion on these issues.”
Ari Melber, Chief Legal Correspondent for MSNBC, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Critically acclaimed actor and director, Danny Glover, will receive the Legacy Award in recognition of his lifetime commitment to civil rights issues. Human Rights Activist and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, will be presented with the Humanitarian Award for her global work with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center. Ava DuVernay,Director of the Academy Award nominated biopic Selma, will receive the Media Hero Award for her work informing younger generations about the extraordinary courage of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights heroes in helping to pass the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
The Social Justice Advocate Award recognizes those who promote a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity. Awards will be presented to Soledad O’Brien, Founder and CEO, Starfish Media Group; Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University; Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino; Yusef Salaam, of the Central Park Five; and Michael Skolnik, President, Global Grind. In addition, the Social Justice Advocate award recipients, will also participate in a panel discussion – Justice Can’t Wait: Over-incarceration and Disenfranchisement in America, moderated by Amy Goodman,host of Democracy Now!
The Hidden Heroes Award aims to inspire, honor and support social impact leaders who take personal responsibility for building a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. Beyond public recognition, the Hidden Heroes receive a grant to further the work of their non-profit or social enterprise organizations. The 2015 Hidden Heroes are Leah Penniman and Jalal Sabur, Partners, Freedom Food Alliance; Justine Zinkin, CEO, Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, and Adam Bucko and Taz Tagore, The Reciprocity Project.
Please visit the Andrew Goodman Foundation website for more information.