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2016 Taylor Willingham Legacy Award Winner Announced

NCDD would like to join our organizational member the National Issues Forums Institute and the rest of the field in congratulating the winner of the 2016 Taylor L. Willingham Legacy Award – Edward W. “Chipps” Taylor III.

Here’s a bit of what NIFI wrote about the granting of the award:

The National Issues Forums Institute has announced that Edward W. “Chipps” Tayor III is the 2016 recipient of the Taylor L. Willingham Legacy Fund Award. This fund was created to support NIF logoindividuals who are becoming involved in the deliberative democracy movement for the first time and who have the passion, vision and commitment to create opportunities for deliberative dialogue in their organizations and communities….

Elder Chipps Taylor has been “pursuing liberty in the face of injustice” for the NAACP for more than 28 years, and he is not tired yet. It all started in Arizona, in 1987, when all the states except Arizona were celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday. Governor Evan Mecham rescinded MLK Day as his first act in office, setting off boycotts of the state. That was when Elder Taylor got on the battlefield for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was also a member of the MLK Committee, which protested for 13 years until it became a state holiday…

You can read more about the Willingham Award and Edward Taylor’s accomplishments in NIFI’s blog post about the award by visiting www.nifi.org/en/groups/winner-2016-taylor-l-willingham-legacy-award-edward-w-chipps-taylor-iii.

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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