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April 2, 2008

DiNapoli Recognized as a Civil Rights “Dreamkeeper”
by National Action Network iIn Memphis

Comptroller Joins NAN to Honor Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has been named a recipient of the National Action Network’s “Keeper of the Dream Award.” DiNapoli will be honored at the National Action Network’s (NAN) annual convention, which is being held in Memphis to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated in Memphis April 4, 1968.

“Dr. King’s selfless dedication to advancing a more civil and just society is a lasting inspiration for every American,” DiNapoli said. “His life’s work stands as a reminder – especially to those of us in public office – of our moral obligation to work for equity, fairness and diversity. I am profoundly humbled to receive this honor.”

With more than 40 chapters throughout the U.S., NAN is a leading civil rights organization that promotes standards of decency and social justice for all. In a letter to the Comptroller, NAN cites DiNapoli’s ongoing commitment to the civil rights movement and notes positive strides his office has made with communities of color.

In addition to honoring DiNapoli, NAN will honor: Myrlie Evers-Williams, a former NAACP chair and widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers; Earl Graves, Sr., founder of Black Enterprise magazine; William Lucy, president and one of the founders of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; Wyatt Tee Walker, a civil rights pioneer and former executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Academy Award-nominated actress Cicely Tyson; and the Colgate-Palmolive Company.


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