Sen. Donzella James Receives GABEO Freedom Fighter Award

ATLANTA (July 22, 2014) – Last month, Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) received one of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO) highest honors, the 2014 Freedom Fighter Award, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

“It was my distinguished honor to receive the 2014 Freedom Fighter Award,” said Sen. James.  “As a young girl growing up in Atlanta across from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s congregation, I was greatly impacted by the strides he and so many others made during those turbulent years.  It has been a dream come true to work with amazing organizations like GABEO to advance the interests of not only African Americans but any person that experiences social or political injustice.”

Sen. James was chosen for her lifelong commitment to advancing the interests of repressed minorities throughout the United States and around the world.  Throughout her time as an elected official, she has advocated for numerous civil rights and social injustice issues while traveling the world to lend her support to various humanitarian organizations.  A long time champion of supporting those without a voice, Sen. James has demonstrated a legislative commitment to advancing human rights causes.

GABEO President Representative Tyrone Brooks offered the following remarks on Sen. James selection as the 2014 Freedom Fighter:

“Sen. Donzella James received the honor due to her many years of service to the citizens of Georgia, throughout the United States of American, and beyond,” said Rep. Brooks. “Her work in the NAACP, SCLC, Morris Brown College Alumni, and GABEO has been outstanding and noteworthy.  We’ve  served together as a delegates in the Jesse Jackson for President Campaign  in 1984 and worked together during the The Quitman 10+2 movement, fighting to end voter suppression and voter intimidation.  Additionally, her global outreach to African countries on numerous human rights issues motivated us at GABEO to pay tribute to this outstanding public servant.”

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For Immediate Release:
July 22, 2014

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