NAACP Honors Diddy For Raising Voter Awareness

The NAACP Legal Defense

and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) will honor Sean "Diddy" Combs for his

efforts in raising voter awareness in the last presidential election.

The annual National

Equal Justice Award Dinner (NEJAD) is an awards dinner that celebrates the courage

and achievements of equal justice champions.

The honorees are

luminaries in politics, communications and popular culture who have collectively

made outstanding contributions to the spirit of equal justice that NEJAD celebrates.

Combs became very

active in the last Presidential race in 2004 when he launched "Citizen

Change," a national, non-partisan and non-profit organization created to

educate and motivate eligible Americans aged 18 to 30 to vote.

The mogul held

registration drives on college campuses and helped register new voters for the

2004 election.

The 2005 event

will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a transformative

law that LDF played a major role in helping to create and protect.

Other honorees

include Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) ,who will be presented with the Thurgood

Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership and commitment to the

civil rights movement and Linda Johnson Rice, President and CEO, Johnson Publishing


National Equal

Justice Award Dinner Set for November 3, 2005 at the Hilton New York & Towers

in New York, New York.

Tickets start at

$500 per person.

In related news,

Combs is in talks with property developers to open his own hotel in Atlantic

City, New Jersey.