By  on May 10, 2013

NEW YORK — However singular her first fashion-show sashay may have been in the Sixties, Bethann Hardison was honored Thursday for championing racial diversity for decades.

When the activist and documentarian accepted a Frederick Douglass Medallion from the New York Urban League, two of her prodigies, Iman and Liya Kebede, were the first to bring the crowd to its feet. Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Angela Davis, Drena De Niro, Audrey Smaltz, Lola Ogunnaike and Shiba Russell listened up as Hardison cited Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Stokely Carmichael as childhood heroes. “These are people who, when I look back, really made a change and weren’t afraid to go up against things. We need to educate people who think they’re educated.”

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