On May 18, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation nonprofit will host their 14th annual Spirit of Democracy Awards, Black & White Gala at the Renaissance DC Hotel. Author and television personality Star Jones will host the event, which honors individuals and organizations who have created balance in the democratic process and supported the Coalition’s mission of making civic participation a cultural responsibility and practice.

This year’s Spirit of Democracy honorees include, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, Minyon Moore, principal of the Dewey Square Group, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, among many others.

“We could not have chosen a better group of honorees to kick-off our 35th anniversary celebration,” Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the NCBCP said in a statement. “This is the first of multiple anniversary events to take place throughout the year. We’re taking the rest of the year to celebrate and to build upon over three decades of leadership, engagement and empowerment in Black communities.”

The first event of the organization’s 35th anniversary is the launch of the Eddie Williams Civic Engagement and Social Innovation Training Academy, set to kick off in September. Following that event, the organization will also host the Women of Power 35: Mentor/Protégé Luncheon & Summit in October. The luncheon is the final segment of The Black Women’s Roundtable “Health, Wealthy, & Wise,” a national empowerment tour sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that provides tools to empower Black and underserved women and girls.

Founded in 1976, the NCBC aims to increase Black civic participation in civil society. Since its inception, the organization has been a strong force for Black civic engagement, leadership development and voter empowerment, creating viable coalition models and networks to address the African-American communities’ needs.

For more information on the 14th annual NCBCP Spirit of Democracy Awards Black & White Gala and to purchase tickets, call 202-659-4929 or email ncbcp@ncbcp.org.