On Oct. 9, Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network will be hosting the annual Triumph Awards to recognize high-profile figures who have used their platforms in order to speak out against social justice. The awards ceremony, which will be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center, will recognize six nominees from the legal, corporate and entertainment fields for their work within their community. Terrence Howard, the star of Empire, rapper Meek Mill, Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright, Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer, President of Combs Enterprises Dia Simms and Joe Tacopina, managing partner of the law firm Tacopina & Seigel. “This year’s nominees exemplify the kind of service and activism that should be expected from public figures and officials,” Sharpton said in a press release “In a news cycle dominated by Donald Trump and his bigoted, anti-civil rights administration, we at NAN are committed to highlighting people making real change and those that can shape public opinion to make it happen.” “The challenges are so great for the civil rights and social justice communities in the United States that we often fail to celebrate our successes as we move from fight to fight,” he added. “The Triumph Awards are a yearly opportunity to recognize and celebrate high-profile figure that are both successful leaders in their fields as well as staunch advocates for equality and justice. These are people who can be celebrated, lifted up, and ultimately emulated in their work.” TOPICS: