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Don H. Barden Receives Trailblazer Award

Gary, IN, 6/26/03  -  Rainbow/PUSH Coalition president and founder Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. recently presented Don H. Barden with a prestigious Trailblazer Award during the organizations 32nd Annual Affirmative Action Conference held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel.

The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition is the product of a social justice movement, to secure justice for all people, particularly in the United States. The Coalition grew out of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Operation Breadbasket founded by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Operation Breadbasket formed a multi-racial coalition, utilizing the power of economic withdrawal to ensure fair treatment of African Americans.

In 1997 The National Rainbow Coalition and Operation P.U.S.H. were merged, forming the current Rainbow/PUSH Coalition with its national headquarters in Chicago. The mission of Rainbow/PUSH is to defend, protect and gain civil rights by evening the playing field in every aspect of American life and to spread peace around the world.

The Trailblazer Award was presented to Barden for blazing a trail in the business world and for succeeding through a great deal of trials and tribulations as well as overcoming great odds.

Don H. Barden is the first and only African American to wholly own a national gaming company and the first to own a Las Vegas casino hotel.

Barden Companies Inc., with 2002 revenues of $341 million, is wholly owned by Don H. Barden of Detroit and is the parent company of The Majestic Star Casino, LLC, which owns and operates Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Ind., and, through its wholly owned affiliate, Majestic Investor Holdings, LLC, three Fitzgeralds casinos in Tunica, Miss., Black Hawk, Colo., and Las Vegas, Nev.

Majestic Star and Fitzgeralds casinos cater primarily to the value conscious middle-market drive-in slot customer, offering great service, the most popular slots and table games as well as top-notch food and accommodations at an affordable price. The four casinos feature approximately 4,300 slots, 110 table games and 1,145 hotel rooms.

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