Phylicia Rashad

*Al Sharpton, creator of The National Action Network, a civil rights organization, has put in his three choices for this year’s Triumph Awards honorees.

Each year, the organization recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact beyond reading lines in front of a camera.

This year, Sharpton is vouching for Phylicia Rashad, who currently stars in “For Colored Girls,” Radio One founder Cathy Hughs, and the hit Broadway musical, “Fela.”

“The artists, entertainers and athletes that are being honored have made a mark in their professions and have recognized the need to remain connected to something bigger and greater than any individual achievement,” Sharpton said.

“They have remained connected to the people, have supported their growth and development, and realized that together we are a better world.”

Other honorees include TV commentator and activist Julie Menin and Grace Baptist Church senior pastor, Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson.

Festivities will take place Nov. 15 at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and will be hosted by Ed Schultz and Mara Schiavocampo from MSNBC.