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Whitney M.Young Jr. Mrs. Theodore W. Kheel was executive chairman of the dinner, Ms. Evelyn P. Davis was deputy chairman, and Miss Veronica L. Neufville, administrative chairman.

Board chairman, Richard Bliss presented the Frederick Douglass Award to Arthur Mitchell; dinner co-chairfan Barzeley presented the award to William K. DeFossett of the 369th Veterans' Association; and co-chairman Young presented the award to George Wein.

Previous winners of the Frederick Douglass Award include: His Eminence, Archbishop Terence Cardinal Cooke; Gil Noble; Ossie Davis; Ruby Dee; A. Philip Randolph; Robert F. Wagner; Rev. James H. Robinson; Gardner Cowles; Gregory Mooney; Dr. Albert H. Bowker; Dr. Kenneth Clark; Dr. Anna Arnold Hedgeman; Judge Constance Baker Motley; Ernest G. Green; Romare Bearden; Lloyd K. Garrison; in memoriam Stephen and Audrey Currier; Jack R. Robinson and Whitney M. Young, Jr.

Among the dais and special guests attending the dinner were: Honorable and Mrs. Abraham D. Beam; the Honorable Robert Garcia; the Honorable Carol Bellamy; the Honorable Donald F. McHenry; Dr. Jerome H. Holland; Mr. Robert M. Finlayson; Mr. Coy G. Eklund; the Honorable Basil A. Paterson; Mr. Roosevelt Watts; the Honorable Charles B. Rangel; Cedric Tallis, representing the New York Yankees.

Also among the guests were Mr. Fred Weaver, great-grandson of Frederick Douglass and Mrs. Weaver; M. & Mrs. John Procope; Mrs. Joseph Weber; Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Davis; Mr. & Mrs. Elston Howard; Borough President Andrew Stein; Mr. John Murray; Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Robinson; Mr. & Mrs. Percy Sutton; Mr. & Mrs. William Daniels; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hunt; Mr. & Mrs. Lee Archer; Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Scott; Dr. & Mrs. Theodore Stent; Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Richardson; Mr. & Mrs. Junius F. Haith; and Judge & Mrs. Samuel R. Pierce.

Nationally known comedian Irwin C. Watson, provided stand-up entertainment; child prodigy and vocalist Victor Cook performed with five other members of the Brooklyn Boys Chorus; and Frederick O'Neal read from the works of Frederick Douglass.

Excerpts from the dinner were telecast on WPIX-TV, Channel 11 at 12:00 midnight.

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