On September 21, the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) awarded Dr. Menna Demessie ’02 with the organization’s prestigious Social Impact Award. 

Dr. Demessie—a member of Oberlin’s Board of Trustees and the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Universal Music Group’s global Task Force for Meaningful Change (TFMC), University of Michigan  Ph.D. graduate in Political Science and Public Policy and a Michigan in Washington Program instructor—received the honor at the 2023 BMAC Gala. Other BMAC Social Impact Award winners include Emmy-winning actress-singer-songwriter-producer Keke Palmer and Emmy-winning producer Jesse Collins. 

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