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Foundation of the Alliance for Community Media Announces Kwame McDonald as Recipient of 2012 Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity

Foundation of the Alliance for Community Media Announces

Kwame McDonald

as Recipient of2012 Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity

Award to be Presented at 2012 ACM National Conference, July 31 – August 2, 2012, in Chicago, IL

(McLean, VA, June 25, 2012) – The Foundation of the Alliance for Community Media announced today that Kwame McDonald will be posthumously awarded the 2012 Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity. The Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity is given annually to an individual who has shown exemplary leadership by encouraging, facilitating, or creating culturally diverse involvement in the field of community media. McDonald will be recognized as the recipient of the Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity on August 1 during the 2012 ACM Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

Born James McDonald, Kwame had a distinguished record in education and public policy and led Minnesota’s first Commission on Discrimination in the 1960’s. Among other accomplishments, he brought about the integration of the Minnesota Twins training facilities in Florida. He changed his name in 1968 after making a pilgrimage to Ghana, and for the rest of his life and career, he devoted himself to justice and a love for his people, African Americans and Minnesotans. This included founding youth programs in St. Paul, reforming the Minnesota education system, mentoring educators in public and charter schools systems, and mentoring young leaders.

Throughout this time, Kwame was a community journalist working for the Spokesman-Recorder, the oldest African American owned newspaper in Minnesota. His work as a journalist and commentator included profiles of student achievement and promotion of student athletics, most prominently women’s programs and neighborhood programs. It was that work as a community based journalist that led him to St. Paul Neighborhood Network, where he served on the Board of Directors.

Mr. McDonald passed away in October 2011 at the age of 80. He had a long and remarkable career as a civil rights leader, youth educator, policy maker, mentor, and journalist.

About the Alliance for Community Media: Founded in 1979, the Alliance for Community Media is a national, non-profit membership organization committed to ensuring access to electronic media for all people. The Alliance for Community Media carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource for the more than 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) cable channels nationwide. For more information, visit ACM’s new website at www.allcommunitymedia.org.

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