Kimberly Howard, left, managing director at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, and Joyce Harris light the candles during the closing ceremony of the cultural center's Kwanzaa celebration on Monday.
He was only 35, the youngest man to have received the prestigious award at the time. When he was notified that he'd won, he declared that he would donate his prize money of $54,123 to the Civil Rights Movement.
The former secretary of state was a pioneer: the first Black national security advisor in U.S. history, the first Black chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and also the first Black man to become secretary of state.
Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in next month's Virginia governor's election, saying that what happens in the most watched race this year will “show the world who we are" in future contests with even higher stakes
Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican party but U.S. House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff and the Select Committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol are still looking into his role in the attack