SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK TO RECEIVE COMMON GROUND AWARD NOVEMBER 14th AT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY IN WASH, DC
October 30, 2013, New York, NY…SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, who will be celebrating their fourth decade as an a cappella ensemble in 2014, will be adding yet another prestigious award to their mantel when they receive the Common Ground Award for their outstanding career achievements as artists and activists. The Search For Common Ground Organization will present the award to the group at their annual Common Ground Awards ceremony scheduled for November 14, 2012 at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. The event will start at 7:30 PM.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK will also be featured as special guests and will perform three songs at the event. In the documentary RAISE YOUR VOICE ( PBS-TV) the group cited, ” In the best and in the hardest of times, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK raises its voice in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance, inviting audiences to open their minds and hearts and think about who we are and how we treat each other, our fellow creatures who share this planet, and of course, the planet itself.” The current members of SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK are: Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Shirley Childress (American Sign Language).
Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. SFCG’s annual global efforts reaches about 1.4 million participants. They have 53 offices spread around the world including; the United States, Europe, The Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The Common Ground Awards (founded in 1998) are presented annually to honor outstanding accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, peacemaking, and peacebuilding.
Joining SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK as award recipients this year are; Johann Olav Koss, Founder and CEO of Right to Play – using games to educate and empower children facing adversity; John Hunter, Educator and creator of the World Peace Game – promoting the mission of peace and developing self-awareness in children, No Labels, A Congressional coalition committed to building trust and finding negotiated solutions; Senator Joe Manchin and Governor Jon Hunstman Co-Chairs, and Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland for diplomatic efforts as a mediating channel between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, in the absence of official diplomatic relations during the past 34 years.
To purchase tickets for the event or to find out more about the Common Ground Awards go to www.sfcg.org.