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The 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards Announced

International Civil Rights Walk of Fame announces 2014 Inductees

By Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 12/20/2013, 6 a.m.
The 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards black-tie ceremony will be held for live taping at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014, ...
Participants of the 22nd Annual Trumpet Award at the press conference held Tuesday, December 10 at The Marriot Marquis Hotel. Photo provided by The Trumpet Foundation.

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Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right).

The 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards black-tie ceremony will be held for live taping at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. The red carpet procession begins at 2 p.m.

The event will be hosted by Melissa De Sousa, known for her performances in “The Best Man franchise;” and Laz Alonso, known for his starring performances in “Fast and the Furious,” “Jump the Broom,” and is soon to be seen in a lead role in Sony Screen Gems’ “Battle of the Year.”

Xernona Clayton, civil rights leader and broadcasting legend, created the Annual Trumpet Awards to celebrate and honor African American achievers and those who support the African American experience.

“We have come so far since we started this project in 1993,” Clayton said. “I am extremely obliged to those individuals who saw the vision and who have worked with us for nearly twenty years. “

The 2014 honorees include the Bronner Brothers (entrepreneurs), Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (producer/songwriters), DeVon Franklin (senior vice president of Columbia Tristar Pictures) and many other notables.

The Trumpet Awards honor accomplishments in diverse fields including law, medicine, business, politics, the Arts, civil rights, sports, entrepreneurship, entertainment and other careers.

There will be a weekend of events and activities, held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta, beginning with a Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, January 23, High Tea with High Heels, scheduled at 12:30 p.m. and the Race Relations Symposium scheduled at 6 p.m.

An induction of ten new footprints will be placed into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. This induction ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, National Park Service, located at 450 Auburn Avenue. The program preceding the induction ceremony will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The ceremonial host for this year’s occasion is Frank Ski with WHUR FM (96.3) Radio in Washington, D.C. The program and unveiling of the footprints are free and open to the public.

The 2014 honorees in this distinguished group include Bishop John Hurst Adams, The Honorable Roy Barnes, John Carlos, Tommie Smith, The Honorable Perry Gladstone Christie (Prime Minister of the Bahamas), Dr. Norman C. Frances, Harry E. Johnson, Sr., Representative Calvin Smyre, Thomas N. Todd and Rev. Jasper W. Williams, Jr.

In the 1968 Summer Olympics, Smith and Carlos were the two American medal-winning sprinters who raised their black-gloved fists in defiance of apartheid in South Africa, racial segregation in the United States, and the worldwide civil and human rights struggle of a people.

“It behooves all my energies to be apart of this,” Smith told The Atlanta Voice. “I know Xernona is an opener of a lot of things, but the biggest of all is this.”

The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame was created in 2004 to give recognition to the foot soldiers of justice who sacrificed and struggled to make equality a reality for all.

“Xernona exemplifies about the best,” Carlos told The Atlanta Voice. “She brings about the best in black history, not just here in the United States but throughout the world.”