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The Honorable Jannie L. Blackwell has continued the Blackwell tradition of empowering the under-served and improvised.  Councilwoman Blackwell took office in 1992 and emerged as a strong leader and power broker in the local political arena, and has focused particularly on increasing affordable housing and creating economic opportunity for her constituents in the 3rd District.  She has likewise enhanced her district by increasing commercial development and home ownership opportunities.

Councilwoman Blackwell has made a life-long commitment to move her community forward, and has always worked to foster an end to homelessness, neighborhood blight and poor public education through the tools of public policy, legislation and public involvement.  Her overall vision is to improve her constituents’ quality of life – regardless of race, class, gender, or  status.  She continues to believe that there is a solution to every problem, and that when we work together, everybody wins.

The Jannie L. Blackwell Humanitarian Award was created and is presented to groups and individuals that are committed to vulnerable families in Philadelphia.