Full gallery of nominees at the bottom
The 2011 Trumpet Awards — held today at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta — honored U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, civil rights leader Al Sharpton, and Radio One CEO Alfred C. Liggins III.* The awards were hosted by husband-and-wife actors Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, and TV personality Niecy Nash, and are scheduled to be broadcast in April 24 on TV One.
See EXCLUSIVE red carpet gallery here.
An annual event honoring African-Americans who contribute significantly to “the cause of justice and equality,” the Trumpet Awards have been held since 1993 and have honored in the past luminaries such as Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, Henry “Hank” Aaron, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Michael Jordan.(For a full list of past honorees, click here).
The full list of this year’s honorees are:
- Al Sharpton • Civil rights
- Chief Justice Georgina Wood • International
- Richard Roundtree • Arts
- Judge Greg Mathis • Humanitarian
- Paula Madison • Corporate leadership
- Alfred C. Liggins III • Media
- The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. • Legal
- Drs. Andre, Keith & Kevin Churchwell • Medicine
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial • President’s Award
- The O’Jays • Music
- Xernona Clayton • Biography
In addition, the Trumpet Awards will be inducting a group of people onto its Walk of Fame. They are:
- Arthur Blank • Entrepreneur/Philanthropist
- Bishop Barbara L. King • Minister/Civil Rights Activist
- Mayor Carl Stokes • First Black mayor
- Henry “Hank” Thomas • Original freedom fighter
- James Brown • Singer/performer
- Leon Hall • Civil rights activist
- Congressman Louis Stokes • Ohio’s First Black Congressman
- Marc H. Morial • CEO, National Urban League
- Bishop Neil C. Ellis • Minister/Civil Rights Activist
- Dr. Gerald L. Durley
*(Editor’s note: NewsOne is owned by Radio One).