FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2023
ATLANTA — Last week, the NAACP hosted the Calvin Peete Golf Celebration at the Golf Club of Georgia. The event honored outstanding golfers and aimed to emphasize the importance of supporting HBCUs as they have historically and continuously shape a brighter future for Black communities.
NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, released the following statement:
"Calvin Peete's remarkable journey in the world of golf stands as an example of the sheer fact that Black excellence will never fail to shine through in any space we occupy. His legacy inspires us to strive for greatness even in the face of adversity. The Calvin Peete Golf Celebration is a powerful display of extraordinary talents within our community and we are profoundly honored to have witnessed the spirit of unity between our youth representatives and established community members. The NAACP, since its inception, has been an intergenerational organization and maintains ongoing efforts to nurture the next generation of leaders. Our golf celebration served to illuminate the pivotal role Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) play in our society as they have anchored our communities for nearly 200 years — remaining the standard of diversity in academia while paving the path of success for Black Americans. The shared value of community, collaboration, and youth empowerment amongst our sponsors, partners, and attendees underscore our unified support for advancing HBCUs across the nation."
Jay "Jeezy" Jenkins, Rapper
Darian "Big Tigger" Morgan, DJ and Media Personality
Steve Smith, NBA TV and TNT Personality
Seema Sadekar, VP PGD Global, Professional Golfer and Fashion Designer
Simon Iyore Guobadia, CEO, Philanthropist, and Husband of Porsha Williams
Sheree Whitfield, Television Personality, Designer, Fitness Enthusiast, and Executive Producer of WE TV's Selling it in the ATL
Roger Steele, Golf Personality
Takeo Spikes, Former NFL Linebacker
The Dream, Singer, Rapper, Songwriter
Two Lewis, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Philanthropist
Derrick Hayes, Avid Golfer and Husband to Pinky Cole
Angel McCoughtry, WNBA Star and 2x Olympic Gold Medalist
Ty Young, WNBA Star
Tricky Stewart, Music Producer
Jerome Bettis, NFL Hall of Famer
Clyde Drexler, Former NBA Player and Commissioner of the Big 3
Charles Oakley, NBA Legend and HBCU Graduate
Harold Ellis, Athletic Director, Morehouse and NBA Legend
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Executive Director of the NBPA Foundation
Reggie Theus, Athletic Director, Bethune Cookman and NBA Legend
For more information about the event, visit www.calvinpeetefoundation.org.
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The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.
NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.
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