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Chazz Palminteri to receive NAACP award

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

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neighborhood,

. 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."

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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.

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