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Jacques Andre DeGraff - Master of Ceremonies Jacques Andre DeGraff - Master of Ceremonies


Juneteenth Event - 6th Annual Deliverance Ball, Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education - Jacque Andre DeGraff, MSNBC

Jacques Andre De Graff has emerged as one of the country's most articulate voices on national politics, strategy and analysis. De Graff most recently served as Bill Bradley's national deputy campaign manager and director of delegate selection. He stunned political pundits by expertly developing the most successful state-by-state delegate slating record for an insurgent candidate in Democratic Party history.

De Graff’s acumen for organizing and negotiating difficult assignments has gained him widespread recognition. Over the years, he has honed his organizing skills in urban mayoral politics -- playing a pivotal role in high-profile democratic races from Atlanta (Maynard Jackson) to Chicago (Harold Washington) and New York (Reverend Al Sharpton and David Dinkins). On both the national and state levels, De Graff has compiled an enviable record with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, New York Governor Hugh Carey, Secretary Andrew Cuomo, Presidential candidate Walter Mondale, former California Speaker Willie Brown and insurgent candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination Senator Bill Bradley.

His thoughtful analysis and quick witty commentary has earned him praise with pundits and numerous guest appearances on local and national television and radio programs, including: CNN’s Larry King Live, FOX News Network’s Hannity & Colmes and The O’Reilly Factor, and MSNBC’s Morning Line with Chris Jansing, Morning Blend with Soledad O’Brien and HardBall with Chris Matthews.

De Graff has impressed observers with his command of information and penetrating insights. He has been featured in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Post and The New Republic. De Graff has been quoted in an array of print articles, communicating in the country’s top media markets. Included are such newspapers and periodicals as The New York Times, The Hotline, The Times-Picayune, Los Angeles Times, Daily News (New York), The Buffalo News, Dayton Daily News, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The VillageVoice, The Weekly Standard, The Palm Beach Post, The Washington Times, The Boston Goble, The Ethnic NewsWatch, The San Francisco Examiner, The Bulletin’s Frontrunner, Chattanooga Times/Chattanooga Free Press and Cox News Service.

No stranger behind the scenes of media and politics, in 1998 De Graff was an on-air election night commentator for the Bloomberg Television Network. While serving as press secretary for the New York City School Construction Authority in 93’ and 94’, his lead spokesman services were needed--and utilized--around-the-clock to deal with the highly publicized citywide asbestos crisis.
De Graff was frequently quoted in news articles during both the remediation and follow-up periods.

Jacques Andre De Graff is a native New Yorker and graduate of Hunter College were he had a dual major in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication and is currently pursuing his Masters in Divinity at New York Theological Seminary. An ordinated Pastor, he serves on the pastoral staff of Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem under Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker, Pastor Emeritus. Active in numerous civic and social justice initiatives, he also serves on the Board of the 100 Black Men of New York. His courage was spotlighted in the Amsterdam News, when he was named to its Hall of Fame, for his leadership role in protesting police misconduct in the shooting of an unarmed African immigrant, Amadou Diallo in New York City.

Jacques Andre De Graff has served as the Executive Adjunct to the president of the prestigious Hampton University Ministers Conference, Reverend Suzan Johnson-Cook. Its 10,000 members make up the nation's largest interdenominational gathering of African American clergy. He has served as chief of protocol for the National Action Network, on a fact-finding tour of the war torn Sudan, investigating its slave trade. Additionally, he served in the same capacity for Reverend Al Sharpton and a delegation to Cuba meeting with Fidel Castro and discussing the human rights issue of the U.S. blockade.

Education:

New York Theological Seminary Master of Divinity (currently)

Harvard University Community Development Finance (1981)
Development of Real Property (1980)

New York University Real Estate Institute
(1980-81)

Hunter College B.A. - Mass Communications/Broadcast Journalism (1975)

 

     

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6th Annual Deliverance Ball  - Master of Ceromonies, Jacques Andre De Graff, Dinner Speakers - Brown Sisters - Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

Juneteenth Event - 6th Annual Deliverance Ball, Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

         

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