19.04.2008 11:43

The Armenian National Committee of America, Eastern Region (ANCA ER)
has announced plans to hold its second annual banquet on September 13,
2008 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, with honored guest,
Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power.

"We are proud to be honoring Samantha Power," commented ANCA ER
Chairman Dikran Kaligian. "She has been outspoken on human rights
issues and genocide awareness and has educated hundreds of thousands
throughout the nation and the world on this important issue. In her
opening chapter of her first book, she writes about the Armenian
Genocide leading to the unfortunate realities of the other genocides
that followed."

The evening will begin with a silent auction, followed by a dinner
and program, during which Samantha Power will receive the ANCA ER
Freedom Award.

This award is given to those who demonstrate extraordinary courage
and devotion to freedom and justice. Last year's honoree was former
United States Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, who was dismissed
from his position for speaking the truth about the Armenian Genocide.

Power, author of "A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide"
and her most recent book "Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello
and the Fight to Save the World", teaches at the Carr Center for Human
Rights Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She
was a senior adviser to U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate
Barack Obama. "A Problem from Hell" won the Pulitzer Prize for General
Non-Fiction in 2003.