The Baltimore City branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will honor Chazz Palminteri with a Thurgood Marshall Award for the Arts and Humanities at its Freedom Fund Banquet tonight.
In 2011, the New York-based actor opened a restaurant in Baltimore's Harbor East neighborhood, Chazz: A Bronx Original. In announcing the award, the civil-rights organization said, "Palminteri has devoted time to visiting city schools, young people in the juvenile justice system and allowing his restaurant to be used as a venue to raise funds for numerous city charities."
The Baltimore branch of the NAACP presents its Thurgood Marshall Awards "to leaders in the Arts & Humanities, Law & Justice, Community & Business Leadership, and Educational Excellence."
U.S senator Ben Cardin and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are expected to attend tonight's presentation at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St.