group photo from the press conference -- 12-10-2013 - rev

Photo By Paul Biagui
Gathering for the announcement of the 2014 Trumpet Awards honorees announcement are Rev. Nathaniel Bronner, Jr. (front row from left), Trumpet Award Honoree) Avarita L. Hanson; (High Heels Honoree, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism;, Bishop William Sheals, Spiritual Enlightenment Honoree; Xernona Clayton, founder, chair, president and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and creator and executive producer of the Trumpet Awards; Kysha Cameron, High Heels Honoree, Ryan Cameron Foundation; Sheila Tenney, High Heels Honoree, Atlanta Metropolitan State College; and Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., treasurer, Trumpet Awards Foundation. Also, Dr. John Carlos (back row from left), Walk of Fame Honoree, Olympian, Educator and Activist; Dr. Tommy Smith, Walk of Fame Honoree, Olympian, Educator and Activist; Rev. Frank Brown, president Concerned Black Clergy, Spiritual Enlightenment Honoree; Rev James Bronner, Trumpet Award Honoree; and Rev. C. Elijah Bronner, Trumpet Award Honoree.

The Trumpet Awards Foundation presents the 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards in tribute to a group of history-making honorees who will join a list of some of the most celebrated personalities in this nation and abroad.

The 2014 black-tie ceremony will be hosted by Melissa De Sousa, known for her performances in The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, and The Ron Clark Story; and Laz Alonso, known for his starring performances in Fast and Furious, Jump the Broom, and is soon to be seen lead role in Sony Screen Gems’ Battle of the Year.  The Trumpet Awards show will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 25, preceded by a Red Carpet arrival ceremony.

A weekend of events and activities at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta, begin on Jan. 23 with a Prayer Breakfast; a High Tea with High Heel; and the Race Relations Symposium.

An induction of 10 new footprints will be placed into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. On Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, located at 450 Auburn Avenue.  The program preceding the induction ceremony will be held next door at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The Annual Trumpet Awards was created to celebrate and honor African American achievers and those who support the African American experience. The Awards honor accomplishments in diverse fields including law, medicine, business, politics, the Arts, civil rights, sports, entrepreneurship, entertainment and other careers. They were conceived, founded, and nurtured by Xernona Clayton, who has built the Awards and Awards Foundation into a prestigious testimonial around the world.

“We have come so far since we started this project in 1993 and I am extremely obliged to those individuals who saw the vision and who have worked with us for nearly twenty years.  We have now joined the global community and are most jubilant to bring this event to the world and to celebrate the achievements of those who had an impact on our society,” Clayton said in announcing this year’s honorees.

Following is a partial list of the 2014 TRUMPET AWARDS honorees:

  • DeVon Franklin – Senior Vice President of Columbia Tristar Pictures
  • The Honorable Kamala Harris – Attorney General of California
  • Deryl & Cheryl McKissack – President and CEO McKissack & McKissack
  • Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. – Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Steve Pemberton – Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens
  • Alfre Woodard – Actress
  • Bronner Brothers / Bronner Brothers Hair Products – Entrepreneurs
  • Williams Sisters – Entrepreneurs
  • Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff – Award Winning Producers/Songwriters

Corporate support helps to make the production of the Trumpet Awards possible; and some of the major corporate sponsors include: The Coca-Cola Company; Cadillac; Wells Fargo; Delta Air Lines; Nordstrom; Newell Rubbermaid; Marriott Marquis Atlanta; Hyatt Regency Atlanta; The Home Depot; Southwest Airlines; Georgia Power, and TV One.

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