The event is being held at San Francisco's City Hall and features dinner, the awards ceremony, a silent auction and an after-party with music and dancing. Holliday is scheduled to perform several of her chart-topping songs as well as her signature tune, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." The evening will also feature the presentation of the Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Marriage Equality Award to the California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In a statement EQCA executive director Geoff Kors said, "Equality California is proud to honor the NAACP, one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation, for standing beside us in the fight for justice and equal rights for all Californians. We are grateful to have the NAACP's support as we work to make marriage equality a reality in our state."
A native of Houston, Texas, Jennifer Holliday made her professional New York theatre debut in 1980 in the revival of Your Arms Too Short to Box With God. That role led to her Tony-winning performance in Dreamgirls, and her rendition of that show's "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" earned the singer-actress her first Grammy Award. She has also appeared on Broadway in the revivals of Grease! and Chicago, and her television credits include "Ellen," "Touched By an Angel" and a recurring role on "Ally McBeal." Holliday earned another Grammy Award for her recording of Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday."
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