New York, NY — National Action Network (NAN), founded by civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, convened its annual national convention from April 26-29 at the Sheraton Times Square in New York where the country’s most influential voices, including former Attorney General Eric Holder and Senator Bernie Sanders weighed in on crucial issues, such as voting rights, criminal justice reform, immigration, health care, education, corporate responsibility, economic equity and more in a Trump era.
Among the highlights of the convention was an award given to Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies), and a NAN board member, for her tireless work around eradicating poverty. She received her honor during a luncheon in the name of her father, the late Rev. Dr. William A. Jones Luncheon, an annual NAN event recognizing those in the faith-based sector that have paved the way in social justice and civil rights.
Ms. Jones-Austin was given the special award for her work in the community around policy and faith-based advocacy and her work as CEO and Executive Director of FPWA. FPWA promotes the social and economic well-being of greater New York’s most vulnerable by advocating for just public policies. The work that FPWA does to reduce poverty, advance upward mobility and create shared prosperity has been notable with Ms. Austin leading the fight.
“The work that Jennifer Jones Austin has done around poverty is extraordinary. She is continuing the legacy of her father in fighting for fairness and equity for all,” said Rev. Sharpton.
Others that were honored included Reverend Adolphus C. Lacey, PhD, senior pastor, Bethany Baptist Church of Brooklyn; Bishop Talbert Swan, pastor, Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ; and Bishop Marvin Sapp, gospel recording artist and national board member of National Action Network.