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    Usher to Receive Freedom Award for Philanthropy from National Civil Rights Museum

    Usher Raymond named Philanthropy Legacy Freedom Award recipient by civil rights museum for work in his New Look Foundation.

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    The National Civil Rights Museum, the historic site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has announced it will present the 2011 Philanthropy Freedom Award to Usher Raymond for the work of Usher’s New Look Foundation. Established in 1999, the foundation certifies young people in four leadership pillars – talent, education, career and service – to ensure their success as leaders throughout the world. Usher is one of the best selling music artists of all time and has won seven Grammy Awards, four World Music Awards, six American Music Awards, and twenty-two Billboard Music Awards.
    The core programs managed by New Look include the New Look Leadership Academy, Moguls In Training, Powered By Service and the World Leadership Conference. New Look has also made impacts internationally in Kenya, Haiti and Manila. There are five chapters of the foundation: Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York and Detroit.

    Some of the work by the foundation includes:

        September 2005 - In response to Hurricane Katrina, Project Restart Concert raises financial resources to provide 1000 youth & families from New Orleans with rent and utility assistance

        November 2008 - 1000 youth served through youth conference sponsored by Casey Family of Programs

        2010 New Look Issues a Call to Action for Haiti Relief to youth internationally; receiving responses from youth in 17 countries

        August 2010 - First Annual World Leadership Conference and Awards held with 2700 guests, including President Clinton

    Since 1991 the Freedom Awards has recognized individuals who demonstrate national and global work for justice, equality, philanthropy, civil and human rights and humanitarian work.

    Usher will join the following honorees for the November 12th awards event in Memphis, TN: Cicely Tyson, Susan L. Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Dr. Bill Frist, Kirk Whalum, Hill Harper, The Southern Poverty Law Center, The NAACP, Marva Collins and Icons of the American Civil Rights Movement.
    Previous recipients include: President Nelson Mandela (South Africa), President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, President Jimmy Carter, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), Bono, Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Andrew Young, Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Eva Longoria, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Myrlie Evers Williams, B. B. King, Diane Nash, Dr. John Hope Franklin, Marian Wright Edelman, Dr. Dorothy Height, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
    The sponsors are NIKE, FedEx, International Paper, the Ford Motor Fund Foundation, The Hyde Family Foundation, ExxonMobil and the First Tennessee Foundation.