On October 11, 2012 our founder, Ernest R. Heyward, received a Distinguished Leadership award from the NYCHA chapter of the NAACP. He was recognized for his work in bringing awareness to the issue of voter suppression and for his commitment to voter registration.
On October 5, 2012 the Seventh Annual CUNY BMI conference, Rock the Vote: The Presidential Election, the Struggle for Voting Rights and the Future of Urban America was held. Ernest R. Heyward, president and founder of the Marketplace for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility, participated in a panel discussion entitled This Little Light of Mine: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
On October 20, 2013 the Marketplace held their first "movie night". American Promise is a documentary film spanning 13 years from directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson. The film captures the stories of Brewster and Stephenson's 5-year-old son Idris and his best friend and classmate Seun as these families navigate their way through the rigorous prep-school process. The film is set against the backdrop of a persistent educational achievement gap that dramatically affects African-American boys at all socioeconomic levels across the country.