Women of Distinction
Women of Distinction

Thursday, June 24, 2021

The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Gala was established to celebrate, recognize, and honor women, girls, and organizations for their work and impact in racial justice, advocacy and civic engagement, and women’s empowerment.

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Why Attend?

The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Gala was established to celebrate, recognize, and honor women, girls, and organizations who embody the YWCA mission to empower women and eliminate racism and go above and beyond to make our communities a place where women, girls, and people of color can thrive.

Proceeds from the Women of Distinction Awards Gala support funding for over 200 YWCA local associations to provide programs and other resources that touch the lives of women, girls, and people of color in over 1,200 communities across the country.

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Distinguished Speakers

Elisha Rhodes

Interim CEO and COO

Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Activist, Educator and Writer

Kimberly Wilson

Founder and CEO, HUED
Women of Distinction

The YWCA USA established the Women of Distinction Awards Gala to celebrate, recognize, and honor women, girls, and organizations who embody the YWCA mission to empower women and eliminate racism. The accomplishments of our extraordinary honorees reflect those aspirational yet attainable goals. We are deeply grateful for their service and look forward to celebrating them in front of our community.

Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson

DOROTHY I. HEIGHT RACIAL JUSTICE AWARD

Named in honor of YWCA leader and civil rights leader Dorothy I. Height, the eponymous Racial Justice Award is presented to an individual whose efforts and contributions have been significant in the field of racial justice. This year, we are thrilled to recognize actor Taraji P. Henson for embodying the ethos and ideals of our beloved Dorthy I. Height.

Click here to lean more about the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation.

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Dorothy Height

About the Award

Through the acknowledgement of hardworking racial and social justice advocates, we continue to elevate the contributions of Dorothy I. Height, her passion for social and racial justice, and her inexhaustible drive for equality.

LaTosha Brown

Civic Engagement

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Mari Copeny

Youth Social Activism

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Lisa Mensah

Financial Empowerment

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Dr. Leana Wen

Excellence in Public Health

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Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE in She Is Here – Dancer: Annique Roberts – Photo credit: David Torrence

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE in She Is Here – Dancer: Annique Roberts – Photo credit: David Torrence

Special Performance By

Evidence

The mission of Evidence is to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken word, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation.

Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, Evidence, A Dance Company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through work, Evidence provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. He is an advocate for the growth of the African American dance community and is instrumental in encouraging young dancers to choreograph and to develop careers in dance.

Click here to learn more about Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY.

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