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The Civic Engagement Award is awarded to a person or an organization that has worked to increase the civic engagement of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing Minnesotans.

[Slide with MNCDHH’s logo, and the following text, “Civic Engagement Award”]

[Migdalia Rogers appears onscreen and begins to sign.]

Migdalia: The St. Paul/Minneapolis Black Deaf Advocates was nominated “for being the beacon in our community related to social justice issues.” One example is that the members of their organization, notably Pamela Burry and Kim Wassenaar, have partnered with MNCDHH as Outreach and Civic Engagement Specialists to ensure that Black Deaf Minnesotans have equitable and peer-lead access to civic engagement information such as the 2020 Census, the 2020 Elections, and both the 2020 and 2021 legislative sessions. Congratulations.

[Christopher Johnson is in a video conference call with BDA board members Ike Muringai and Cookie J Brand. Christopher is signing.]

Christopher: Under the Minnesota Commissions for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (the state agency), we joined in to serve. They have that passion for breaking barriers. We recognize who really, really, really has a heart to serve without any resources. I want to shine the spotlight on you to officially recognize our award to your chapter. The award is called Civic Engagement Award. We really do recognize your hard work.

[Slide with MNCDHH’s logo, picture with BDA members gathered outside at their exhibit booth, wearing masks, signing, ‘vote,’ and the following text, “Civic Engagement Award. St. Paul & Minneapolis Black Deaf Advocates.”]

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