The 50th Annual African American Day Parade (AADP) is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15, in Harlem. Organizers say this year’s event honors African American achievement in the area of politics and government with the theme “Integrity & Transparency = Good Government.”

This year’s grand marshals include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Sen. Brian Benjamin, Assembly Member Inez Dickens, political strategist Leah Daughtry, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, former Mayor David Dinkins, former U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, and former NY State Assembly Member Keith Wright.

Tony award-winning actress and 4-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Melba Moore and Collette Smith, the first African American woman coach in the National Football League will also be honored as celebrity grand marshals.

Several community leaders will receive the Outstanding Community Service award including civil rights activist and NAACP New York State Conference President Hazel N. Dukes, Spectrum News Veteran Anchor Cheryl Wills, and Harlem Community Leaders Elbert and Darlene Shamsid-Deen.

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