Press Release

TODAY: Grammy-winner Jessye Norman to Receive Spingarn Medal during NAACP National Convention

July 17, 2013

Congressman John Lewis to present prestigious award; Music group En Vogue to perform at award Ceremony

Spingarn Medal Freedom Fund Dinner
July 17th at 7:30pm
Orlando Ballroom, Hilton Hotel

Jessye Norman; Congressman John Lewis, (GA 5th District);   Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP Chairman of the National Board of Directors; Leon Russell, NAACP Vice Chairman of the National Board of Directors; Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP President and CEO;  Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President

The NAACP will honor Grammy-Award winner Opera and Jazz singer Jessye Norman with the distinguished Spingarn Medal during the NAACP’s 104th National Convention in Orlando, Florida.  Norman will be the 98th recipient of Spingarn Medal.

The Spingarn Medal, the NAACP’s highest honor, is awarded for outstanding and noble achievement by an American of African descent. Civil rights Icon John Lewis will present the award to Jessye Norman and musical group En Vogue will perform.

Orlando Ballroom, Hilton Hotel
6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, Florida, 32819      
July 17, 2013 at 7:30pm

Contact: Derek Turner,, 443-326-7227

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.