PLBC to host Civil Rights Achievement Awards

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, announced the PLBC will host its 2015 Civil Rights Achievement Awards ceremony this weekend in Philadelphia.

The movie, "The Bombing of Osage Avenue," the story of the bombing on the MOVE compound by Philadelphia police 30 years ago, will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Pearl Theatre, Broad and Oxford streets, and will conclude Saturday evening with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m., followed by a reception at 8 p.m. at the African American Museum, 701 Arch St.

The 2015 honorees include:

  • Dr. Charles Blockson: historian and author;

  • Michael Coard: attorney and community leader;

  • Christine Brown: social servant and community leader;

  • the Rev. Dr. Robert P. Shine: faith leader and community activist; and

  • Dr. Joi Spraggins: diversity expert and community leader.

"These honorees are truly deserving of recognition and commendation," Brown said. "Each has found a way to use his or her skills and interests in fostering Dr. King’s legacy through advocacy for social equality and civil rights." 

All events are free, but tickets may be required. Those interested in attending are asked to register at

For more information, or if unable to register online, please contact Brown’s office at (215) 879-6615.

The PLBC was organized during the 1973-74 legislative session by former representative and House Speaker K. Leroy Irvis in an effort to bring legislators from districts with highly concentrated populations of ethnic-minority populations together as a unified voice on public policies and issues directly affecting their constituencies.