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December 8, 2023

ABC 7 WJLA Emmy Winning Anchor Adrianna Hopkins to Host

18th BIENNIAL Uncommon Height Award Gala


WASHINGTON, D.C. – ABC 7 WJLA Anchor Adrianna Hopkins will serve as host at the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) 18th Biennial Uncommon Height Awards Gala, on Dec. 8, at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort in Oxon Hill, Md.  This event is the organization’s signature fundraising event, with proceeds raised being used to fund programs of critical concern known as the core four – health, education, economic justice, and social justice. 

Adrianna Hopkins is the morning show anchor for ABC 7 WJLA in Washington, D.C. She is a two-time Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter, with her broadcast career taking her to New Orleans, Miami, Louisville, Ky. and Macon, Ga. 

She is a passionate advocate for women’s health issues, connecting with organizations that share a desire to find solutions to disparities in health outcomes for Black & BIPOC people. Equity is a persistent theme in her reporting as she explores topics ranging from environmental justice to the epidemic of gun violence to Black maternal mortality outcomes. Mrs. Hopkins firmly believes in connecting people to experiences outside of their own.

From the signature fundraiser, NCNW is hoping to raise $1M to bolster programs coming out of the new era that make a difference and touch lives, not only here in the US, but also abroad. Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor and President of the Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation Alexis Herman and President and CEO of The Memorial Foundation and Chair of the NCNW Charles L. Franklin Associates Harry E. Johnson, Sr., Esq. are co-chairs of this year’s event.  DJ QuickSilva will serve as emcee for the evening.  Toyota Motor Company of North America will once again be the presenting sponsor.

The gala is named in honor of NCNW President Emerita, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, who led the organization for over 50 years and achieved notoriety due to her immense contributions to economic justice, civil rights, and education. To further honor her, the Crystal Stair Award is awarded to an individual who demonstrates a lifetime devoted to the protection of freedom and pursuit of excellence in career and personal dedication to humanity as did Dr. Height.  This year’s recipient will be Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie.  

NCNW is an “organization of organizations,” comprised of 330 campus and community-based sections and 33 national women’s organizations that enlighten, inspire, and connect more than 2,000,000 women and men. Its mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families, and communities. It was founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential educator and activist.

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