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Individuals, Groups Recognized for Leadership

Posted December 13, 2007 11:37 a.m. EST

— Six area individuals and organizations received were honored Thursday with Leadership Triangle Goodmon Awards to recognize their local leadership.

Leadership Triangle established the awards six years ago to recognize individual leaders, elected officials, organizations and partnerships that exemplify regional thinking and action through their professional and volunteer efforts.

Dani Martinez-Moore and Tim Tyson were named individual winners, while Action for Children North Carolina picked up the organization award and Kids Voting in Wake and Durham counties was selected for the partnership award. The late Joe Herzenberg was given a posthumous award for elected officials, and North Carolina Prevention Partners won the People's Choice award.

Martinez-Moore, coordinator for immigrant advocates at the North Carolina Justice Center, is out in front of many issues facing immigrants, creating partnerships to address pressing policy concerns and taking action to create a more tolerant and accepting Triangle community. Tyson is the author of the book "Blood Done Sign My Name," which discusses the role of the church in maintaining slavery and racial segregation, and insists that everyone embrace public schools.

Action for Children North Carolina works with nonprofits, businesses and local and state government to develop policies and programs to improve children's health, safety and education in North Carolina. Kids Voting NC/Wake County and Kids Voting Durham/Durham Cooperative Extension collaborate on ideas and resources to preserve democracy by energizing the future electorate.

Herzenberg, a former Chapel Hill councilman who died in October, worked diligently for racial justice, affordable housing, lesbian-gay-bisexual and transgender rights, greenways, libraries and civil liberties. North Carolina Prevention Partners provides leadership in preventive health care for the Triangle, focusing on reducing the effects of tobacco use, physical inactivity and poor nutrition that cause two-thirds of early deaths and disabilities.

The Goodmon Awards are named for James F. Goodmon, president and chief executive of Capitol Broadcasting Co., the parent company of WRAL, and board chairman of Leadership Triangle.