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HRC’s Donna Payne Receives Rosa Parks Award

Donna Payne, Rosa Parks AwardPost submitted by Sharon Groves, former HRC Director, Religion and Faith Program

The Metropolitan Community Church  People of African Descent (PAD) & Our Friends and Allies meeting, held this year at Washington, DC from May 19-21 in Washington, DC, is part of a larger movement within MCC churches to provide people of African Descent  and Allies a chance to gather in fellowship and strategize how to build whole and healthy communities committed to justice.  The work done at PAD is powerful and critical to the success for all our communities which is why we at HRC are particularly proud that this year HRC's own Donna Payne was honored with the Rosa Parks Award!  The award is given to someone who has done incredible work in the African Descent community to  show how the task of bridge building and creating relationships of mutuality and respect with one another while achieving major strategic movement for the lgbt community.

Donna is a tremendous asset to HRC and has done outstanding work on countless projects, including being a leader and bridge builder between the LGBT community and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU).  Most recently, her work to help create and sustain  DC Clergy United for Marriage Equality  was instrumental to our ability to get marriage equality in the District of Columbia.  We are so fortunate to have her as part of our team here at HRC.  Like Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, and Rosa Parks before her, she models what it means to be an advocate.  She continues because the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of color community she represents need people like her to ensure equality and justice are afforded to all.

Congratulations, Donna!  And keep up the great work!

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