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Asante Awards and Festival 2009
Bill Quigley, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, was named an honoree at the 2nd Annual Asante Awards and Festival in New Orleans on July 1, 2009. The Asante Awards and Festival is a celebration of the pinnacles in creativity of peoples of African descent. It was formed out of the desire to celebrate the contributions that many local New Orleans artists have made (with little to no recognition) by acknowledging, giving thanks, and presenting them with awards. Much of the world dances to indigenous music, feasts on our recipes, and relishes in our art and culture; consequently, it is only befitting that we pay homage to those that have contributed to the preservation of our unique traditions and heritage. We also recognize the contributions that the African-American culture brings to the global community in many other academic disciplines.
The Asante Awards and Festival is dedicated to celebrating the contributions made by the African-American Culture In the areas of Jazz, Art, Movies, Music and the Spoken Word. Most importantly, ordinary men or women, in their service help to make our lives better.
The 2009 honoree categories were Music Educators, Legends / Music, Artists / Mardi Gras, Music Educators, Music / Theatre and Unsung Heroes.