The Stars Come Out for Banneker: Co-Hosted by Iconic Movie Director John Sayles and Actor Charles Dutton, Joined by Social, Civic Political Supporters

Washington, DC, June 11, 2008The Creative Coalition, a non-profit advocacy organization founded by socially conscious entertainment executives and celebrities, and the Washington Interdependence Council, a non-profit civic agency which serves as administrators of the Benjamin Banneker Memorial, are collaborating to host a commemorative extravaganza at the popular new haunt for movers and shakers in DC, The Park on 14th. It promises to be an evening to remember as celebrity activists, social, civic and political leaders will be on hand in support of the Banneker Memorial.  CA sculptor, Tina Allen, will be present to conduct the unveiling.


The celebration will take place on Wednesday, June 25, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m and will feature among Hollywood’s finest who will show their support for the Benjamin Banneker Memorial effort, now in its twelfth season.  The event will showcase director John Sayles latest film, Honeydripper, co-starring Danny Glover, Charles Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton and Keb Mo.  Both John Sayles and Charles Dutton will attend event in support of commemorative effort.

Additional invited VIP celebrities are: Kerry Washington; S. Epatha Merkerson; Tyne Daly; Tommy Davidson; Blair Underwood; Clayton LeBouef; Tim Daly and Director Dante James; as well as local personalities Lesli Foster; John King; J.C. Haywood; and Tony Hill.


The Congressional Host Committee includes:  Senators Hillary Clinton; Thad Cochran; Byron Dorgan; Tim Johnson; Joseph Lieberman; Amy Klobuchar; Mary Landrieu; Ron Wyden;  and Congresspersons Mary Bono Mack; Henry Cuellar; Danny Glover; Diana DeGette; Phil English; Charles Gonzalez; William Jefferson; Marcy Kaptur; Carolyn Kilpatrick; Steven LaTourette; Barbara Lee; Zoe Lofgren; Carolyn Maloney; Jon Porter; Linda Sanchez; Loretta Sanchez; Janice Schakowsky; Adam Schiff; Hilda Solis; Chris Van Hollen and Diane Watson.


Proceeds from the event will support the work of the Washington Interdependence Council and The Creative Coalition.  Both civic agencies focus art and environmental diversity as vehicles for promoting better understanding and collaboration between communities. “The art of edu-tainment has proven to be an effective tool for building bridges and developing greater tolerance and understanding among people.  We are delighted to be partnering with The Creative Coalition on this event. ” extols Peggy Seats, Founder/CEO of the WIC.


Tickets may be purchased in advance on-line or at the venue.  For more information, call 202/387-3380 or 212/512.5876. On-line tickets available at


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