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Facing Race Awards Press Kit

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A program celebrating the honorees will be broadcast on the Minnesota channel of TPT Twin Cities PBS, October 23, 7 p.m., and will feature a performance by Ensō Daiko of TaikoArts Midwest.

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation (the Foundation) has announced the recipients of its 2022 Facing Race Awards. They are:

  • Classie Dudley, president of the Duluth NAACP and executive director of Community Action Duluth
  • Angela Hooks, founder and executive director of Black on Black Development and Entertainment, Inc.
  • Txongpao Lee, executive director of the Hmong Cultural Center
  • Lulete Mola, co-founder and president of the Philanthropic Collective to Combat Anti-Blackness & Realize Racial Justice

Now in its 16th year, the award honors individuals and organizations working to eliminate racism and its effects in Minnesota. Honorees are nominated by the community and receive grants to benefit Minnesota nonprofits of their choice.

This year’s Facing Race honorees will be celebrated during a 30-minute program at 7 p.m., Sunday, October 23, on the Minnesota Channel of TPT Twin Cities PBS. The program will be hosted by the Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer Nadege Souvenir. She will be joined by Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., Foundation president and chief executive officer, and the honorees, who will share stories of their community activism and anti-racism work. The broadcast will also feature a performance by Ensō Daiko from TaikoArts Midwest, an organization promoting taiko drum performance as a way to strengthen and build community while recognizing the full diversity and depth of Asian arts and artists in Minnesota and the Midwest.

Established in 2007, the Foundation’s Facing Race Awards honor Minnesota’s anti-racism activists who work tirelessly to change the narrative on race and create communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

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