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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dan Rather Honored At Youth Gala

'Power of Dream' Annual Gala Honors Stars Galore

Dan Rather poses along side of US Dream Academy honorees Judge Joe Brown, actress Angela Bassett, Mr. and Mrs. Wintley Phipps (Academy founders), and MLB's Jonathan Mariner. Photo/CD Brown.

Dan Rather, perhaps the most famous face of America's evening news for more than half a century, was honored by the U.S. Dream Academy this past Tuesday.

Rather's extensive resume includes the coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Civil Rights Movement, Watergate, wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and the September 11, 2001 U.S. terror attack.

Rather, who came under fire for his comments about President Obama during his 2008 election campaign, currently anchors Dan Rather Reports, with hard-edged field reports and in-depth interviews and investigative pieces. 

He was honored along with actress Angela Bassett, The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee, Dr. Bernice King, Judge Joe Brown, Mary Bryant Tucker (mother of actor Chris Tucker), Executive Vice President and CFO of MLB's Office of the Commissioner, Jonathan Mariner, and actor Charles S. Dutton for their commitment to youth causes and community involvment.

In 2003 President George W. Bush highlighted the worked of the U.S. Dream Academy, a non profit organization that provides educational and enrichment opportunities to children with incarcerated family members, during a speech celebrating the one-year anniversary of the USA Freedom Corps. 

Bush also reaffirmed his support of programs like the U.S. Dreamy Academy during his 2003 State of the Union.

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