Special to the Daily World
Some of America’s finest will turn out to witness the 19th celebration of African- American achievers. The famed “Red Carpet” of the Annual Trumpet Awards will roll out and welcome an international cast of who’s who in the areas of religion, politics, public service, law, sports and entertainment.
The 19th Annual Trumpet Awards will be hosted by Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker and Niecy Nash.
The awards show takes place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Jan. 29; Guests will begin to arrive at 2 p.m. to mix and mingle on the Trumpet Awards Red Carpet. The Trumpet Awards Show starts at 4 p.m.
Those personalities expected at the Trumpet Awards include honorees: Drs. André Churchwell, Keith Churchwell and Kevin Churchwell — Medicine; The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr. — Legal; Alfred C. Liggins III — Media; Paula Madison — Corporate Leadership; Judge Greg Mathis — Humanitarian; The O’Jays — Lifetime Achievement; Richard Roundtree — The Arts; The Reverend Al Sharpton — Civil Rights; Chief Justice Georgina Wood — International; and Harry E. Johnson Sr. for The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Project — President’s Award
Presenters for the Trumpet Awards include Danny J. Bakewell Sr.; Idris Elba; Johnny Gill; Cathy Hughes; Butch Lewis; Bernice King; Martin Luther King III; Roland S. Martin; Kenya Moore; Richard Parsons; and Ambassador Andrew Young.
Performers at the Trumpet Awards show include award-winning recording artists Eric Benét, Angela Brown featuring Richard Smallwood, James Ingram featuring poet Hank Stewart, Ledisi, Melvin M. Miller, NFL Players Choir featuring Donnie McClurkin and Myron Butler, SILK featuring Angie Stone, Kelly Price & Kandi Burruss, Stax Academy of Music All Stars, and Charlie Wilson.
The Prayer Breakfast honorees include Corey “CoCo Brother” Condrey, Dr. Cain Hope Felder, Reverend Michael N. Harris, Dorothy Norwood, Clarisse Paulk and Bebe & CeCe Winans.
Celebrity guests, honorees, and participants from other Trumpet Awards weekend events expected to attend include Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College, who will moderate the Race Relations Symposium. Panelists for this symposium are Dr. David Satcher, Eugene Patterson, Judge Damon Keith, Tim King, Frank McCloskey, Sonya Ross and Roger Bobb.
Christian comic Jonathan Slocumb, with the assistance of Delta Air Lines’ Scarlet Pressley-Brown, will emcee the High Tea with High Heels affair, which is open to the public. It will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. This event is a fundraiser for the Trumpet Awards Foundation’s scholarship initiative; tickets are $50 (in advance) and $60 (at the door). The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, free and open to the public, is slated for Friday morning, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, followed by the unveiling of the footprints at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Honorees whose footprints will be placed into the granite Walk of Fame include Arthur Blank, James Brown, the Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Bishop Neil C. Ellis, Leon Hall, Bishop Barbara L. King, Marc H. Morial, Mayor Carl Stokes, Congressman Louis Stokes and Henry “Hank” Thomas.
Trumpet Awards creator and Executive Producer Xernona Clayton, a national celebrity and “shero” in her own right, will attend and participate in all of the weekend events which get started on Wednesday evening, Jan. 26, with the Race Relations Symposium and a welcome reception. The event ends on Saturday night with the annual gala.
The Trumpet Awards will air on Sunday, April 24 on TVOne.