COH to award “‘Hero of Hope’

Posted on 19 Jul 2007 at 8:42pm
By Staff Reports

Children’s Defense Fund to be recognized for its work

The Cathedral of Hope will present its “Hero of Hope” award to the Children’s Defense Fund during morning services on Sunday, July 22.

The services begin at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Vicki Johnson Stephens, development director for the Children’s Defense Fund in Texas, will be on hand to accept the award.

Church officials said that the “Hero of Hope” award is presented in recognition of those who have taken courageous stands for the rights of all people without regard to gender, race or sexual orientation.

The Children’s Defense Fund was founded in 1973 by Marian Wright Edelman, who is still president of the organization. It traces its roots back to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People Campaign and the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm also founded by Edelman that is the parent body of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Children’s Defense Fund has grown into the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. According to the organization’s Web site, it’s mission is “to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.”

The Web site says, “CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school or suffer family breakdown.”

The Children’s Defense Fund is a private, nonprofit organization supported by foundation and corporate grants and by individual donations, and the Web site declares, “We have never taken government funds.”

Previous recipients of the “Hero of Hope” award include local activist John Thomas, civil rights pioneer Congressman John Lewis, gospel singer Cynthia Clawson, activist Betty DeGeneres and the United Church of Christ. The UCC was the first organization to receive the award.

The Cathedral of Hope, a congregation of the United Church of Christ, the world’s largest liberal Christian church with a primary outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The church is located at 5910 Cedar Springs Road, and services are free and open to all.

Call 214-351-1901 for information.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 13, 2007

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