Phillip Agnew, who led a 31-day student campout at the Florida Capitol in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, will keynote the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists’ 8th annual Griot Drum Media Awards & Scholarship Banquet.
Scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at media research giant Nielsen’s national headquarters in Oldsmar, the Griot Drum gala honors journalists and media outlets who have excelled in coverage of people of color. Proceeds fund our scholarships to aspiring young minority journalists with a connection to the Tampa Bay area.
Agnew is executive director of the Dream Defenders, a statewide coalition of college students and young professionals. Under his leadership, the group this summer made national headlines as a revolving door of celebrities and lawmakers were inspired to join their around-the-clock sit-in outside Gov. Rick Scott’s office, urging action on racial profiling and Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law.
Agnew will address a banquet of about 250 of the area’s most important and influential business leaders, educators and media figures. The ceremony will feature live entertainment and a pre-banquet reception.
TBABJ will present thousands of dollars in college scholarships to students studying journalism and communications, along with about two dozen awards to area journalists.
Tickets cost $30 for TBABJ members, $35 for non-members or $300 for a table of eight, and include complimentary valet parking. Purchase your ticket using the secure PayPal feature on TBABJ’s website here. .
If you would like to become a sponsor of this event, please contact Camille C. Spencer, immediate past president, at (813) 230-4967 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the TBABJ website. .
For more information on the scholarship program, click here or contact Dalia Colon at 813-419-2490 or email@example.com. High school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students must submit completed applications by Sept. 16 to be considered.