Inside DC Vote’s Champions of Democracy Gala at the Library of Congress

Thursday night in the grandeur of the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building atrium, Home Rule had some honors.

Herb Block Foundation President & CEO Marcela Brane - Councilmember Muriel Bowser - Acclaimed journalist Clarence Page
Herb Block Foundation President & CEO Marcela Brane – Councilmember Muriel Bowser – Acclaimed journalist Clarence Page

DC Vote — an organization dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress — held its annual Champions of Democracy Awards Gala. Familiar faces Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Councilmembers/Mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser and David Catania were on-hand, as well as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services BB Otero, Councilmembers Anita Bonds and Vincent Orange, the University of the District of Columbia President James Lyons and DC Vote co-founders Daniel Solomon and Joe Sternlieb, to enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and democratic spirit.

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Event co-chairs Joseph Perta and Marie Johns flank DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry

Acclaimed journalist Clarence Page joined DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry to recognize the 2014 Champions of Democracy honoree, The Herb Block Foundation, honoring the organization for its continued success in keeping the life, legacy and philanthropy of  award-winning political cartoonist Herb Block alive.

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Councilmember David Catania and DC Vote Chairman Ed Krauze

Guests also commemorated the 40th anniversary of DC Home Rule at the celebration.

Perry remarked, “DC Vote was honored to acknowledge the important work of the Herb Block Foundation and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the DC Home Rule Act. The Champions of Democracy Awards is an annual reunion for the DC Voting rights community to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts made on behalf of democracy, and then collectively re-energize to continue fighting for the democratic equality we so very much deserve.”

*All photos credit Joy Asico

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DC Vote co-founders Daniel Solomon and Joe Sternlieb

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