A Promise Night to Remember: CPB’s Harrison Honored

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Photo From left, Magic Johnson, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, Dr. Angela Diaz, Alma Powell, Colin Powell, Brian Cornell and John Gomperts at the Promise Night Gala, April 20, 2016 (Credit: Michael Bennett Kress Photography)

For her work leading public media’s American Graduate initiative to help countless youth succeed, CPB President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison received a 2016 Promise of America Award from America’s Promise Alliance. General Colin L. Powell, founding chair of America’s Promise, and Mrs. Alma J. Powell, current board chair, presented the award to Harrison at the Promise Night gala April 20 in Washington, D.C.

“For the past five years, their American Graduate initiative has brought national attention to the challenges that young people face outside the classroom and showcased solutions that keep students engaged inside the classroom,” Gen. Powell said. “Thanks to this important series, people are less likely to pin a label of ‘quitter’ on those who leave high school without a diploma — and more likely to understand them as young people who deserve the support we all need to realize their dreams.”

Harrison was recognized along with Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corporation; Dr. Angela Diaz, director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center; and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises.

The gala presentation included a video tribute to Harrison featuring her granddaughter, Skylar Spain.

“The power of media and storytelling is critical to the work we do,” said John Gomperts, president & CEO of America’s Promise Alliance. “Pat and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have been important partners to the GradNation campaign, sharing stories of young people and champions that inspire and activate others. We honor Pat for her outstanding leadership and long-term commitment to community-based solutions that help more young people get on the path to adult success.”

In 2011, CPB launched American Graduate with 25 public media stations in high-need communities to spotlight the high school dropout crisis. Today, more than 128 public radio and television stations in nearly every state have taken part in American Graduate and formed partnerships with government, business, faith-based and youth-serving organizations to put faces to the dropout statistics and to help communities work together to find solutions.

E. Bruce Harrison, Pat Harrison, Alma Powell, Colin Powell

From left, E. Bruce Harrison, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, Alma Powell and Colin Powell at Promise Night, April 20, 2016. (Credit: Michael Bennett Kress Photography)


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