Our 2012 Creative Change Awards marked another exciting year for The Opportunity Agenda. The past 12 months have been nothing short of momentous, from the rise of Occupy Wall Street to the wave of draconian anti-immigrant legislation that has been proposed across the Southeast to the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin, and we have been working tirelessly to ensure that Americans hear an affirmative, values-based story about how these events relate to the need for greater and more equal opportunity in America. Check our Facebook page for candid pictures.
One of the most empowering moments during the Awards was the triumphant apperance of Unemployed Man and his fellow superheroes. Watch the video below:
Befitting this historic year, the Awards honored two of the bravest and most powerful voices for social justice, Professor Anita Hill and Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, featured an excerpt from Cassandra Medley’s moving play “Cell,” and celebrated the legacy of civil rights justice of Judge Robert L. Carter (1917-2012). Additionally, Jose Antonio spoke with Balitang America TV upon receiving the 2012 Creative Change Award:
To our honorees, congratulations and thank you again for your contributions toward building the national will to expand opportunity. To our guests and sponsors, we are deeply grateful for your support. Our work truly would not be possible without you. To all those who were unable to join us, we look forward to working with you in the coming year.
Events like the Creative Change are so important—they provide us the opportunity to recharge and reconnect, they remind us of exactly what we’re striving for and why it matters, and they fortify us for the work ahead. We do hope you’ll build on this momentum with us.
The Opportunity Agenda thanks Teresa Clarke, Sara K. Gould, and Timothy Wilkins for chairing our Creative Change Awards and the more than 45 members of our honorary and host committees. We are deeply grateful for your support and assistance on executive tonight's celebratory event. Special thanks go to the principals of Media Sutra Inc.: Taij Moteelall and Manauvaskar Kublall. For more information about the work of Media Sutra, please see: www.mediasutra.net
Enjoy our complete photo slideshow of the Creative Change Awards 2012