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April 7, 2014

Celebration to honor humanitarian John Seigenthaler

NASHVILLE: You Have the Power’s 2014 Powerhouse Award honoring humanitarian John Seigenthaler promises to be a unique and powerful program and once in a lifetime experience. The event takes place on Tuesday, April 29th 5 p.m., at the Country Music Association Theater of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, following a public dedication to John Seigenthaler at 4 p.m. at the Shelby Street Bridge.

“We are honored to celebrate John Seigenthaler’s remarkable impact and concern for crime victims everywhere.  He is indeed a powerhouse for justice and human dignity.” — Andrea Conte, Former First Lady of Tennessee and You Have the Power Founder.

The program will feature friends from John’s remarkable life, including his work with the Freedom Riders and Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s; his career as Reporter, Editor and Publisher of The Tennessean newspaper as well as founding Editorial Director for USA Today, and his commitment to the First Amendment Center and Freedom Forum of the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The presentation was written by John’s niece, Katie Seigenthaler of Seigenthaler Public Relations and will be directed by theatre veteran Denice Hicks, Artistic Director of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

“We are honored to celebrate the many accomplishments of John Seigenthaler. His unfailing  focus on justice continues to bridge the lives of Tennesseans and beyond.” —  Cathy Gurley, Executive Director of You Have the Power.

The evening will also include a performance by Freedom Sings, an all-star musical group created by Ken Paulson, President of the First Amendment Center. The act includes an impressive group of hit song makers and Grammy winners that, for this show, will include acclaimed Americana artist Jonell Mosser, popular singer/songwriter Bill Lloyd, John Deadrick on keyboards and Grammy Award entertainer and YHTP Board member Linda Davis.

Founded in 1993 by former First Lady of Tennessee Andrea Conte, You Have the Power works to raise awareness about crime and justice issues, with the mission to educate, advocate and empower people and communities impacted violent crime. YHTP’s work includes educational presentations, distribution of free resource booklets, Victim Impact programs, and topic-specific documentary DVDs which are distributed to communities in Tennessee as well as across the country.

As Special Assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy under the John F. Kennedy Administration, Seigenthaler worked closely with the Freedom Riders and became a key figure and negotiator in the Civil Rights movement across the South. He returned to Nashville to become the Editor, Publisher and then CEO of The Tennessean newspaper and eventually the Founding Editorial Director of USA Today. Seigenthaler founded the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in 1991, with the mission of creating a national discussion about First Amendment rights and values including Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Assembly. In 2002, Vanderbilt University created the John Seigenthaler Center, which houses the Freedom Forum, the First Amendment Center and the Diversity Institute and is also associated with the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Given Seigenthaler’s impressive personal contacts and admirers around the country and globe, the event is expected to include several surprise guests and dignitaries. Tickets to the Powerhouse Award event are $150 and sponsor packages are available.Celebration to honor John Seigenthaler

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