The Black Institute attended the National Action Network (“NAN”) Keepers of the Dream Dinner on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. This event marked the 20th anniversary of NAN which was highlighted by a welcome address from President Barack Obama and a keynote speech by Dr. Bill Cosby. The Gala kicked off with astounding musical performances including an operatic presentation of the Black National Anthem. The Keepers of the Dream Award recipients included Erwin “Magic” Johnson, Jim Brown, Phil Griffin, Samuel and LaTanya R. Jackson, Lamell McMorris, Sylvia Rhone, Lee Saunders, and Pastor Ralph D. West. Amongst the Gala attendees were Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, and Martin Luther King III.