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EARLY CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS HEAD LIST OF 1984 CANDACE AWARDS WINNERS 

(New York, September 10, 1984)...Four women who helped to pioneer the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950's and 60's head the list of recipients of the third annual Candace (Canday-say) Awards, Rosa Lousie Parks, the Alabama seamstress who triggered the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955; Daisy Bates, the leader of the 1957 Little Rock desegregation fight; Ella Baker, a pre-World War II organizer for the NAACP and later a spearhead in the "Mississippi Freedom Marches' of 1964; and the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and for 21 years a leader on the legal staff of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, are four of the 12 women and one man to win the coverted award. 

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Rosa Parks 
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Daisy Bates 
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Ella Baker
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Constance Motley 

The Candace Awards, established in 1982 by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and by Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur, are set up to acknowledge extraordinary achievements by Black Women in the fields of arts and letters, business, civil rights, communications, economic development, education, health, history, public service and science. A special distinguished servie category is also presented. 
The winners were announced by Jewell Jackson McCabe, President of the Coalition, and by Alvin J. Ferro, president of Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur. The gala black-tie ceremony honoring the thirteen recipients took place on Thursday evening, November 8, 1984 in the Temple of Dendur, Sackler Wing, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Other winners of the third annual Candace Awards and a brief summary of their accomplishments are:


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Bell 

Business- 
Leah Lange Chase- Fifty-one-year-old Leah Chase is the owner and chef of the thriving Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans. Considered by many to be a national landmark, Dooky's has received national acclaim and remains an important institution in the Black community. In addition to her work at the restaurant, Chase is active on the boards of the New Orleans City Ballet, the New Orleans Symphony and the proposed Louisiana Children's Museum. 

Communications-
Mary Bell-The first Black women to head a broadcasting company, 80-year-old Mary Bell became involved in communications when she married Haley Bell and went to work as Secretary of his family's Bell Broadcasting Company, When Dr. Bell died, in 1973, Mary took over as President and continues to be active at the station every day. Mrs. Bell lives in Detroit, Michigan. 

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Dr. Moore

Economic Development-
Patricia Duncanson - President of Duncanson Electric Company, an electrical contracting firm employing 30 to 50 people, Pat Duncanson won contracts win Con Edison, the New York City Transit Authority and the New York State Dormitory Authority. Six years ago, the South Carolina-born housewife knew nothing of managing a small company. Today Duncanson serves on numerous boards and advisory committees helping to stimulate jobs and opportunities for minority workers. She has chaired The Governor's Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprise and works closely with New York State Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink's Westchester Regional Small Business Advisory Group for the development of small and minority business in her home-town. In February, 1983, Duncanson was appointed chair of the Advisory Council for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise. Mrs. Duncanson and her husband (Executive--

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