The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) held its David P. Richardson, Jr. Nation Builder Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest on Friday, Dec. 7. Over 200 state legislators, elected officials, representatives and their guests attended the black tie event hosted by The Washington Informer publisher, Denise Rolark Barnes and comedian Jonathan Slocumb.
The NBCSL Nation Builder Awards recognizes African Americans for their service and dedication to voting rights and assuring that African Americans are included in the political process.
Ward 8 resident Raymond P. Bell, owner of The H.O.P.E. Project, a training program for young adults in the IT profession received the Nation Builder Award, along with D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; Sherry Rochelle Hopkins, a lobbyist; HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Rep. Rita Jackson Samuels (Ga.); Rep. George Taliafferro, (IN), the first African American admitted to the NFL; retired Judge Viola Taliafferro; and Rep. Michael Rashid (Pa.).
Click here for photo gallery of National Black Caucus of State Legislators awards dinner. /Photos by Shevry Lassiter