Name: Shakira Monet Johnson
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Longtime leaders in progressive movement, Shackelford will receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award and Moore the Living Legend Award
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] May 31, 2022 – GAIN POWER today announced that Lottie Shackelford and Minyon Moore will be honored at The Powerful IDEA Awards on June 8 in Washington, D.C. 6 PM, at LaVie. Shackelford will receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award and Moore the Living Legend Award. Both honorees will attend the award celebration and walk the “Blue Carpet” before accepting their awards with a speech.
“We are honored to have Lottie and Minyon, two of the driving forces behind progressive politics and our democracy, accept the inaugural Lifetime Achievement and Living Legend Awards. Lottie Shackelford has dedicated her career to elevating others as part of the progressive movement. She has played many roles in our movement, but often without recognition or fanfare — elevating candidates, elevating talent, and elevating ideas and policies that aim to make our country a more just and equitable place to live, stated Amy Pritchard, Founder GAIN POWER. Minyon Moore is an individual who has played a key role in some of the most significant moments in the history of the progressive movement. She has also been a critical voice and counselor during the pivotal moments of turmoil and inflection that mark history in the making for our movement. Their collective impact is immeasurable and the progress of our movement would not be possible without them.”
Lottie Shackelford served for 20 years as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC)—the longest tenure of any vice chair in the DNC’s history—and is currently Vice Chair Emeritus and Chair of the DNC Women’s Caucus. After serving as Deputy Campaign Manager for the Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign and Co-Director, Intergovernmental Affairs for the Clinton Transition Team, President Bill Clinton appointed Shackelford to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), making her the first Black woman to serve on that Board. She also co-chaired the Democratic National Convention in 1988 and has been a delegate at every convention since 1980.
Shackelford’s career in the progressive movement began in Little Rock, Ark., in 1978. That year, she was elected to the city’s Board of Directors, a position she held until 1987, when she became the first female—and second Black—mayor of the city.
“I’m extremely excited to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the prestigious Powerful IDEA Awards Committee. It is both a true honor and an humbling experience to be celebrated along with my fellow honorees. I hope to always continue making a positive impact as I take with me a sense of pride and thankfulness for this recognition,” stated Lottie Shackelford.
Minyon Moore is a top public affairs strategist and organizer tapped by President Biden to mobilize a nationwide engagement effort focused on confirming Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Moore currently leads Dewey Square Group’s State and Local Affairs and Multicultural Strategies practices, where she helps clients build coalitions and engage on public policy goals. Moore previously served as President Clinton’s Director of White House Political Affairs and Director the White House Office of Public Liaison, as well as Chief Operating Officer of the Democratic National Committee. Moore co authored For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics in 2018. A Chicago native, she attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated from the Boston University Digital Filmmaking Program (DC).
“I am honored to receive the Living Legend Award at the Inaugural Powerful IDEA Awards, alongside my friend Lottie Shackelford. Many of those being recognized tonight are doing essential work, fighting for our Democratic ideas and values each and every day. We all need to stay focused on what is at stake in the upcoming elections and double down on our commitment to this critical work around the country,” stated Minyon Moore.
Since being launched in April 2020, over 2000 organizations from all 50 states and several countries have used our platform to build their teams and market their programs. GAIN Power is open to all Democratic & Progressive Professionals but, we are especially intentional in promoting Women, African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, AAPI, LGBTQI+, and all underrepresented people who make up a majority of our electorate yet are continually underserved and represented in it.