The Trumpet Awards Foundation wrapped up the 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards where an international cast of who’s who in the areas of religion, politics, public service, law, entrepreneurialism, and entertainment turned out to witness the Awards Show and the celebration of African American achievers. The festivities took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, January 25, 2014.
The Annual Trumpet Awards was hosted by Melissa De Sousa, a NAACP Image Award nominated actress, and Laz Alonso, a NAACP Image Award winning actor. De Sousa was recently seen in the film Best Man Holiday. Alonso has several films to his credit which include Stomp the Yard, Fast & Furious, and Avatar; his television credits include, “Bones,” “CSI-Miami,” “The Practice,” and more.
Celebrity guests, honorees, and participants who braved the cold weather and were seen on the Red Carpet included Tim Davies and the crew from Radio-One, Martin Luther King III, Chris Tucker, Congressman/Ambassador Andrew Young, Bobby Jones, Judge Mablean Ephriam, Danny Bakewell, former Chief Justice Leah Sears Collins, members of the staff of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, and many others.
Xernona Clayton, Chair, President, and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, and Creator and Executive Producer of the Trumpet Awards, and a national celebrity in her own right, presented the “Trumpet Award” to the honorees, including: DeVon Franklin; Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff; The Honorable Kamala Harris; Deryl and Cheryl McKissack; Charles J. Ogletree, Jr; Steve Pemberton; Alfre Woodard; the five Atlanta Bronner Brothers; and seven sisters of the entrepreneurial Williams Family from the Bahamas.
Other events held during the weekend included The Prayer Breakfast which was held on Thursday, January 23, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta. This annual program kicked off the festivities with the Spiritual Enlightenment Award. Honorees include the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta; Rev W. R. “Smokie” Norful, Jr., Senior Pastor & Gospel Recording Artist, Chicago, IL; Linda Herring, musician, Memphis, TN; Dr. Marvin A. Moss, Senior Pastor, Cascade United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA; and Bishop William Sheals, Senior Pastor, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Norcross, GA. Dr. Joseph L. Williams, Salem Bible Church, Lithonia, GA delivered the “Sermonette.”
Jonathan Slocumb and Charlotte Ottley hosted the High Tea with High Heels affair which was held on Thursday, January 23, and is a fairly new tradition of the Trumpet Awards. This affair combined the sophistication of high tea, high heels and high fashion and was initiated to salute a select group of distinguished women who are leaders in their communities and in their fields of endeavor. This event was a fundraiser for the Trumpet Awards Foundation’s scholarship initiative.
The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, moderated the Race Relations Symposium on Thursday, January 23. The panelists included Dr. Oliver W. Clark, Jr. associate pastor at Canterbury United Methodist Church, Birmingham, AL, Rev. Markel Hutchins, civil rights advocate; Shirley Sherrod, executive director of the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative, Albany GA; Dr. William H. Smith, founding executive director, National Center for Race Amity, Boston, MA; and Thomas N. Todd, civil rights attorney, Chicago, IL.
The induction ceremony of the 2014 honorees into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame was held on Friday, January 24 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Frank Ski, with the Frank Ski Show, was the host for the occasion. The 2014 honorees included AME Bishop John Hurst Adams, civil rights activist; The Honorable Roy Barnes, attorney and former Governor of Georgia; Dr. John Carlos and Dr. Tommie Smith, U.S. Olympians, educators and activists; The Honorable Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Harry E. Johnson, Sr. President, the Memorial Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Representative Calvin Smyre, Georgia State House of Representatives; Thomas Todd, civil rights attorney; and Rev. Jasper W. Williams, Senior Pastor, Salem Bible Church/activist. These footprints will be placed into the granite at the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.
TV One will broadcast the Trumpet Awards and the syndicated television broadcasts of the Trumpet Awards will be announced on other television networks. Please watch your television program listings for final air dates.