October 25, 2018
A highlight of the NCoC Annual Conference on Citizenship, It’s Your Democracy, was the honoring of award recipients for their work to strengthen our nation’s democracy, civic engagement and community.
Brenda “Sue” Fulton, received this year’s HOOAH award, which recognizes patriots empowering the next generation of military veterans to continue to serve beyond their time in uniform. She joins a distinguished group of HOOAH awardees that includes the Honorable Tulsi Gabbard, General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal, Chris Marvin, Eric Hilleman and Derek Blumke. Sue, an LGBTQ trailblazer, was selected for her extraordinary accomplishments during her military and post-military career.
G.S. “Mack” McCarter III of Community Renewal International, was named Citizen of the Year, an honor for individuals who use their public presence to inspire others and give back to their community. Mack was chosen for his leadership and partnership to build hope and renew the spirit of cooperation in every segment of the Shreveport-Bossier, La., community. Evidence of the CRI’s work can be measured in many ways, perhaps most notably that major crime has dropped an average of 52 percent in areas where they operate Friendship Houses.
And, in collaboration with Big Tent Nation and the Bridge Alliance Education Fund, NCoC honored six organizations with the 2018 American Civic Collaboration Awards, which help revitalize our nation by elevating democratic practices and civic engagement:
- National Winner – iCivics
- Local Winners – The El-Hindi Center for Dialogue at Interfaith Works &Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation
- Youth Winner – First Vote NC
- Political Winner – Maine Ranked Choice Voting Education Effort
- Committee Choice Award – Montevallo Junior City Council
Congratulations to all these amazing individuals and organizations and thank you for the ways you serve our nation!
And some media coverage of the award recipients: