The Andrew Goodman Foundation Announces 2013 Hidden Heroes

Three humanitarians recognized for exemplary efforts, Dr. Maya Angelou honored with Legacy Award.

New York, NY, November 04, 2013 --( The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF), a civic engagement organization that empowers the next generation to initiate and sustain social action, is pleased to announce its 2013 Hidden Heroes awardees.

In its fifth year, the Hidden Heroes Award recognizes outstanding achievements in promoting human dignity and civil rights. It aims to inspire, honor and support mid-career social impact leaders who take personal responsibility for building a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. Each fall, Hidden Heroes are recognized in a ceremony and presented with a grant to sustain and expand the work of their non-profit or social enterprise organizations. Additionally, AGF offers young activists an opportunity to work alongside Hidden Hero Award recipients, promoting intergenerational skill sharing, dialogue and civic engagement.

The 2013 Hidden Heroes are Khary Lazarre-White, Esq. (Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Brotherhood-Sister Sol), Sharon Content (Founder and President, Children of Promise NYC) and Samuel B. Ross, Jr., Ph.D. (Founder, Green Chimneys).

It is an honor and a privilege to support the work of such talented and results-driven social justice activists. This year’s Hidden Heroes exemplify a commitment to human dignity, as well as the spirit that inspired Andy Goodman to join Freedom Summer ’64,” said Sylvia Golbin-Goodman, Executive Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation. “These individuals are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

In addition to honoring grassroots activists, the annual Hidden Heroes Award ceremony also includes the presentation of The Andrew Goodman Foundation Legacy Award. This award recognizes people who have achieved heroic stature through a lifetime of dedication to social justice and human and civil rights. Past recipients include Congressman John Lewis, Mayor David Dinkins and Harry Belafonte. This year’s recipient is Dr. Maya Angelou.

“Dr. Angelou’s lifelong service and body of work is a true inspiration to us all. Her courage and tireless efforts to protect and promote civil rights embody the very meaning of heroic,” said David Goodman, President, The Andrew Goodman Foundation.

The 5th annual Hidden Heroes Award ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, 3-5pm, at The Schomburg Center in Harlem. For more information and to register to attend, please visit

About The Andrew Goodman Foundation
The Andrew Goodman Foundation combines the community organizing tools and lessons of the past with the technological innovations of the present to seed and nurture a new hero citizenry: ordinary individuals engaged and committed to creative and effective action for social impact. An ally to heroes, the Foundation advances Civic Engagement and Intergenerational Coalitions to build a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
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