Bill Cosby, John Legend to Headline 'Keepers of Dream' Awards

4/16/2012, 7 p.m.

Richard Parsons, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Doug Morris Among 14th Annual Award Recipients

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) will host the 14th Annual Keepers of the Dream Awards Wednesday, April 18 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

The awards, given each year in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life. Last year, the event featured a special keynote address by the President Barack Obama.

The Keepers of the Dream awards are given by members of the civil rights community who have committed themselves to fairness and racial harmony. Among the honorees this year are Richard Parsons chairman of Citigroup and former chairman, CEO of Time Warner; actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta Washington; Karla Ballard, chief of Strategic Development, Media and National Partnerships One Economy ; and Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment.

Special remarks will be provided by Bill Cosby and a special performance will be delivered by singer John Legend.

The Keepers of the Dream Awards are the highlight of NAN's annual convention. This year, NAN convened in Washington, D.C. April 11-14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and featured a "Who's Who" in politics, civil rights, education, business, the Church, corporate America. The family of Trayvon Martin; Harvard University Professor Dr. Charles Ogletree; U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan; David Gregory (NBC's Meet the Press Moderator); U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson were among the participants.