Courtney B. Vance presents James Earl Jones with Inclusion in the Arts’ Champion of Diversity Award July 9, 2013

  • By · July 11th, 2013
Courtney B. Vance Presents Award to James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones (l), Courtney B. Vance (r) Photo by Ric Kallaher

 (New York, New York, July 11, 2013) – Inclusion in the Arts’ Champion of Diversity award was presented Tuesday, November 9, to JAMES EARL JONES at the home of host Loreen Arbus in New York City

At a ceremony presented by Inclusion in the Arts and co-sponsored by The Walt Disney Studios, James Earl Jones received Inclusion in the Arts’ first-ever Champion of Diversity award.  The award was presented to Mr. Jones by 2013 Tony Award®–winner Courtney B. Vance.  Mr. Jones was joined by his wife Ceci Jones, son Flynn Jones and daughter-in-law Aime.

Mr. Jones received the Champion of Diversity award for exemplifying excellence without boundaries.

Hosted by Loreen Arbus (Television Producer, Author, Diversity Activist and President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation) at her home in New York City, the fundraiser brought together friends and colleagues of Mr. Jones.  Mr. Vance appeared with Mr. Jones in the original Broadway production of August’s Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize– and Tony Award–winning Fences, and appeared with him in the film, The Hunt for Red October.

Colleagues in attendance who have worked with Mr. Jones included:  Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones (Producers–Cat on a Hot Tin Roof); David Esbjornson (Director, Driving Miss Daisy); Phylicia Rashad (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof); Frankie Faison (Coming to America, Sommersby); and Leslie Uggams (On Golden Pond).

Celebrities and VIPs also in attendance included:  Linda Bove (Actor–Sesame Street; Children of a Lesser God; Board of Directors, Inclusion in the Arts); Ami Brabson (Actor–Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Damages); Andre Braugher (Actor–Glory, Men of a Certain Age, Homicide: Life on the Street); Lisa Cortes (Director/Producer, Cortés Films–Precious, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer, Imagine A Future, Kwaku Ananse); Kent Gash (Director; Associate Arts Professor, NYU; Director, NYU New Studio on Broadway: Music Theatre & Acting; Board of Directors, Inclusion in the Arts); Stephen McKinley Henderson (Actor–Fences (Tony Award®–nomination), Lincoln, The Newsroom); Simi Linton (Author; Filmmaker; Disability Arts Consultant, Inclusion in the Arts); Joanna Merlin (Actor–Homeland, The Good Wife, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; Author, Teacher; Vice President, Board of Directors, Inclusion in the Arts); John Randolph (Executive Vice President, Sciame Development, Inc.); David Richenthal (Producer–Finian’s Rainbow, The Miracle Worker); Tari Hartman Squire (Founder, CEO of EIN SOF Communications, Inc.); Brian Steinwurtzel (Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Treasurer, Board of Directors, Inclusion in the Arts), Fran and Barry Weissler (Producers–Pippin, Chicago).

The ceremony included a video message from Mr. Jones’ long-time colleague and friend, George Lucas, a message from actor Jane Alexander and producer/director Ed Sherin, and a letter from New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

 

EVENT PHOTOS:

NYC July 9, 2013: James Earl Jones, Loreen Arbus and Courtney B. Vance  at Inclusion in the Arts' Champion of Diversity Award Fundraiser hosted by Loreen Arbus. Photo by Ric Kallaher

NYC July 9, 2013: James Earl Jones, Loreen Arbus and Courtney B. Vance

at Inclusion in the Arts’ Champion of Diversity Award Fundraiser hosted by Loreen Arbus. Photo by Ric Kallaher

 

NYC July 9, 2013: Inclusion in the Arts, President, Linda Earle, James Earl Jones, Loreen Arbus and Courtney B. Vance  at Inclusion in the Arts' Champion of Diversity Award Fundraiser hosted by Loreen Arbus. Photo by Ric Kallaher

NYC July 9, 2013: Inclusion in the Arts, President, Linda Earle, James Earl Jones, Loreen Arbus and Courtney B. Vance

at Inclusion in the Arts’ Champion of Diversity Award Fundraiser hosted by Loreen Arbus. Photo by Ric Kallaher

 

NYC July 9, 2013:  James Earl Jones, Andre Braugher and Courtney B. Vance at  Inclusion in the Arts' Champion of Diversity Award Fundraiser hosted by Loreen Arbus. Photo by Ric Kallaher

NYC July 9, 2013:  James Earl Jones, Andre Braugher and Courtney B. Vance at

Inclusion in the Arts’ Champion of Diversity Award Fundraiser hosted by Loreen Arbus. Photo by Ric Kallaher

 

NYC July 9, 2013:  James Earl Jones accepting Inclusion in the Arts'  Champion of Diversity Award during presentation ceremony.  Photo by Ric Kallaher

NYC July 9, 2013:  James Earl Jones accepting Inclusion in the Arts’

Champion of Diversity Award during presentation ceremony.  Photo by Ric Kallaher

 

One Response to “Courtney B. Vance presents James Earl Jones with Inclusion in the Arts’ Champion of Diversity Award July 9, 2013”

  1. I am a longtime fan of the immensely talented James Earl Jones and Andre Braugher. They, and others, have broken racial barriers. Simi Linton is unusual in promoting diversity in the arts for people with disabilities. Bravo to all!

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