The Atlanta Daly World is pleased to announce its inaugural Pastors Salute, a program to celebrate the area’s clergy.

“Today, more than ever, the church plays a critical role in keeping the community nurtured and motivated to take on every day challenges and o celebrate its triumphs,” said ADW Publisher M. Alexis Scott.. “We want to show our church leaders how much we appreciate what they do and who they are.”

The church carries significant influence in the lives of African Americans, and its leaders are among the most highly respected individuals in the community.

“With the help of our readers, the Atlanta Daily World will honor twenty five of the city’s most esteemed and influential pastors, ” Scott said. “We solicit your nominations for pastors who deserve this distinction.”

A nomination form is on page 7 of this issue. Following the public nomination process which ends July 19, a panel will select 25 from the list of nominees.

The Pastors Salute will observe and applaud their contributions at a special luncheon on Sept. 19. Tickets for the luncheon will be available at $65 each.

The 2013 class will be the inaugural group of pastors. Each year, a new group will be highlighted to showcase their good works in the community.

In addition to the luncheon, The Pastors Salute will pay tribute to the 25 pastors through a special commemorative section in the ADW.

In a pictorial special, the ADW will share their fascinating stories and honor their remarkable faith. The section will be a keepsake for the pastors and their congregations. Their stories will serve to inspire others, especially young people who aspire to be leaders in the faith community.

It will be an issue of the ADW to be treasured for years to come, both as a commemoration of the community’s heroes and a testament to the community’s strong faith.

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