The Village Independent Democrats club will celebrate their 63rd Annual Awards Reception Wednesday evening. It will be the first time in the club’s history that the event has been held virtually.
This year’s honorees include two activists in the forefront of today’s movements for social and racial justice, Hawk Newsome, chairperson of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, and Jawanza James Williams, director of organizing of Vocal-NY.
Also being honored this year is Keen Berger, former Greenwich Village Democrat district leader. Berger is an author, teacher and activist, as well as a leading V.I.D. member.
In addition, V.I.D. is honoring Lincoln Anderson, the editor in chief of The Village Sun newspaper and previously the longtime editor in chief of The Villager.
The evening’s emcee will be David Siffert, the club’s president.
The proceedings — on Zoom — start at 6 p.m. For non-V.I.D. members, tickets cost $200. For information on tickets, click here.
Event co-chairpersons are Sara D. Kimbell and Annelie Roding.
This year’s awards reception committee members are Lauren Esposito, Anthony Hoffmann, Nadine Hoffmann, Zella Jones, Lois Rakoff and David Siffert.
The in-person event originally had been planned for the spring, but the date was pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ultimately, due to the ongoing health situation, it was decided to make the reception virtual.