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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Alfred Street Baptist Church’s Pastor, Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, to Receive the 2016 NAACP Chairman’s Image Award on Friday, February 5

— Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, the pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia will receive the prestigious 2016 NAACP Chairman’s Image Award on Friday, February 5 in Los Angeles during the LIVE broadcast of the IMAGE AWARDS, airing on TV One at 9pm, EST/8pm CST. —

Rev, Dr, Howard John Wesley

Alexandria, VA — Alfred Street Baptist Church, one of the oldest, largest and most prominent African American congregations in Alexandria, Virginia is proud to announce that Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, a biblical scholar and orator, will receive the 2016 NAACP Chairman’s Image Award. Dr. Wesley is a much sought after preacher and featured keynote speaker for various churches and leadership programs and the dynamic pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, whose history dates back more than 200 years. Under the helm of this powerful visionary, teacher and social justice leader, Alfred Street Baptist Church is the first and only faith-based organization to date to donate $1 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

Not afraid to tackle social and political issues, Dr. Wesley has led community protest marches against the New York grand jury’s decision not to indict in the death of Eric Gardner. His sermon, “When the Verdict Hurts,” was acknowledged in Time magazine’s July 29, 2013 cover story, “After Trayvon” as one of the best sermons preached in the United States following the “not guilty” verdict in State of Florida v. George Zimmerman. Three of Dr. Wesley’s sermons, “When the Verdict Hurts,” “A Rizpah Response,” (along with the black hoodie he donned while preaching this sermon), and “Tell Your Own Story,” will all be archived in the NMAAHC’s faith-based collection.

“I am so very humbled and grateful for this honor and recognition; however, I know that this award is a true testament to all of the members, volunteers, staff and leadership who work hard every day to achieve excellence at Alfred Street Baptist Church. This recognition by the NAACP’s Chairman of the National Board of Directors allows me the opportunity to highlight all of the social justice initiatives and community outreach that we are doing at Alfred Street Baptist Church. I’m extremely proud to lead a congregation that is so blessed to be in a position to make an impact on the lives of others as well as to be an agent of change,” said Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley.

The Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, Roslyn M. Brock, will present the prestigious Chairman’s Award to individuals and organizations who have used their distinct platforms to be agents of change. The other recipients are Brittany “Bree” Newsome; Justice League NYC; Concerned Student 1950 Collective at the University of Missouri, Columbia; The University of Mississippi NAACP College Chapter; Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III; Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley; Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, and Jussie Smollett. The presentation will take place during the 47th NAACP Image Awards, broadcast live on Friday, February 5 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed) on TV One, the civil rights organization announced today.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishment of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The multi-cultural show is one of the most respected events of its kind and is well attended by many of the top names in the entertainment industry. Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and announced when the envelopes are opened on Thursday, February 4 during the Awards Ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced LIVE on stage during the two-hour star-studded TV One telecast on Friday, February 5 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed). The telecast will also include a one-hour pre-show airing LIVE from the red carpet (8:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed).

The 47th NAACP Image Awards is sponsored by AMC, AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast, Chrysler/UAW, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motors America, The Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo. For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at www.naacpimageawards.net.


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About Alfred Street Baptist Church:
Established in 1803, Alfred Street Baptist Church is home to the oldest, largest and most prominent African American congregation in Alexandria, VA. It has served as a prominent religious, educational, and cultural institution in the Northern Virginia community. Currently under the esteemed leadership of Rev. Dr. Howard John-Wesley, Alfred Street Baptist Church has over 7,000 members with services every Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 7:15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12p.m./Noon. Alfred Street is also home of the popular Come As You Are (CAYA) worship service every first Wednesday of the month. For more information, visit www.alfredstreet.org

About NAACP:
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. The NAACP’s 250,000 adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century. The six NAACP Game Changers (Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Voting Rights and Political Representation, and expanding Youth Engagement) are the major areas of inequality facing African-Americans that are the focus of the NAACP’s work.

About TV One:
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now.


Carla Welborn
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