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WHYY TO BROADCAST THE
82ND PHILADELPHIA AWARD
HONORING LORENE CARY
WHYY will broadcast The
82nd Philadelphia Award ceremony honoring Lorene Cary, on Sunday,
August 24 at 6:00 pm. THE PHILADELPHIA AWARD features Cary,
one of Philadelphia’s most respected authors, university lecturer
and social activist, accepting the award last June at the Church
of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. The prestigious award
is presented to a citizen of the region who has done the most
to “advance the best and largest interest” of the community.
Cary, author of the
critically acclaimed book The Price of a Child , was recognized
for being a respected writer, dedicated educator, cultural leader
and social activist.
Cary’s friends, family
and colleagues, including politicians, educators, business and
cultural leaders, and community activists, gathered in the Church
of the Advocate to help celebrate her achievement. The Church
of the Advocate is home of Art Sanctuary, an organization founded
by Cary that brings prominent minority writers and authors,
musicians and poets to perform in North Philadelphia. Cary will
create an endowment for Art Sanctuary with the $25,000 honorarium
bestowed by The Award.
The Mistress of Ceremony
was Michel Martin, ABC News Nightline Correspondent and Guest
Anchor, who attended preparatory school with Cary in New England.
“I don’t know where I would have been without her,” said Martin
of her relationship with Cary during their school days together.
Keynote Speaker Charles
Fuller, playwright and winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for
drama, described Cary as a whirlwind. “She is that rare person
who’s commitment to her cause, Art Sanctuary, and the cultural
revitalization and revival of North Philadelphia through art,
poetry, music and literature…can sweep you up and carry you
away,” Naomi Post Street, wife of Philadelphia Mayor John Street,
also participated in the ceremony and stated to Cary, “We
are so blessed to have you in our city.”
The program features
an electrifying performance by The Universal African Dance and
Drum Ensemble which left the audience members breathless.
“Lorene Cary is a writer
with a unique and powerful voice, a community champion and local
heroine,” said William J. Marrazzo, chair of the Philadelphia
Award Trustees and President and CEO of WHYY, who presented
the award to Cary. “She is being honored because she is a
visionary in arts and culture leadership, a respected educator
and gifted storyteller who conveys the powerful themes of
race and slavery.”
Cary joins a prestigious
group of distinguished leaders who have won The Philadelphia
Award, established in 1921 to honor the achievements of the
men and women of Philadelphia, from many walks of life, who,
while not pursing greatness, have achieved great things. Other
winners include such luminaries as Marian Anderson, Eugene Ormandy,
Edmund Bacon, Sister Mary Scullion, Ed Rendell and John Street.
Last year’s winner was Bernard C. Watson.
This program was produced
by WHYY-TV. Trudi Brown is executive producer and Ed Cunningham
Funding for THE PHILADELPHIA
AWARD was provided by Edward W. Bok Trust Fund.
Visit WHYY's Philadelphia
Award website for more information and photos.