Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., internationally known civil rights and environmental justice leader, will keynote NCLCV’s Green Tie Awards TOMORROW, Wednesday September 7.
Dr. Chavis served as the national president of the NAACP and vice president of the National Council of Churches, among many other roles. He was involved in the fight against a controversial toxic waste landfill in impoverished Warren County. He famously labeled the landfill’s siting as “environmental racism” in a case which became a precursor of the American environmental justice movement. This month marks the 40th anniversary of that 1982 fight over the landfill.
In addition to the keynote speech by Dr. Chavis, this year’s Green Tie event will feature NCLCV’s annual awards to legislators and citizen leaders of the year. Awardees include: Representative of the Year, Cynthia Ball; Senator of the Year, Wiley Nickel; Catalyst Award recipient, environmental attorney Mona Lisa Wallace; Jane Sharp Lifetime Achievement honoree, clean rivers advocate Karen Cragnolin; and Rising Star legislators in the NC House and Senate.
(Rising Star Awardees: Rep. Vernetta Alston, Rep. Amber Baker, Rep. Terry Brown, Rep. Linda Cooper-Suggs, Sen. Sarah Crawford, Rep. Brian Farkas, Rep. Ricky Hurtado, Rep. Abe Jones, Sen. Julie Mayfield, Rep. James Roberson, Sen. DeAndrea Salvador.)
It’s not too late to buy tickets or make a donation!