Xernona Clayton is the Founder, Chair, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Creator and Executive Producer of the Foundation’s Trumpet Awards.
Clayton began her television career in 1967 and became the South’s first Black person to have her own television show. She was employed at Turner Broadcasting for nearly 30 years, where she served as one of the highest-ranking corporate female employees.
In 1965 she accepted a position with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and worked closely with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. In 1966, she coordinated the activities of Atlanta’s Black doctors, which resulted in the desegregation of all hospital facilities in Atlanta.
She has received several Honorary Doctorate degrees. A school was recently named for her in Ghana and an auditorium in Las Vegas. She received the first Coretta Scott King Award from the SCLC and received EBONY’S Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications award. The City of Atlanta honored Clayton by naming a street and a park after her in downtown Atlanta.