Previous Honorees

Previous Honorees

1993

• George Axam Family • Gregory Baranco • Juanita Baranco • Dr. Benjamin Carson • Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole (Black Colleges)• Comer Cottrell • Isabell Cottrell • Anita L. DeFrantz • Suzanne de Passe • Mayor Henry Espy (National Conference of Black Mayors)• Bishop Barbara Harris • Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. • Evander Holyfield • Dr. Benjamin Hooks (NAACP) • Kevin Hooks • John E. Jacob (National Urban League) • Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. • Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. • Dr. Mae C. Jemison • Robert L. Johnson • Herb Jones Family • James Earl Jones • Quincy Jones • Coretta Scott King • Jennifer Lawson • Rev. Joseph Lowery (SCLC) • Justice Thurgood Marshall • Robi Reed • Rachel Robinson • Herman J. Russell • Dr. David Satcher • Gwen Torrence • Cynthia Tucker • Governor Douglas Wilder • Peter Wise • Andrew Young•

 

1994

• Muhammad Ali • Maya Angelou • Mayor Tom Bradley • Congressional Black Caucus • Valerie Ferguson • Dr. John Hope Franklin • Nathaniel R. Goldston, III • Jesse Hill, Jr. • Lena Horne • Terry McMillan • Gordon Parks • Rosa Parks • Carole Simpson • Wayman F. Smith • Dr. Leon H. Sullivan • Judge Elbert P. Tuttle (5th Circuit Court of Appeals) • Carl Ware • Nancy Wilson • Judge John Minor Wisdom (5th Circuit Court of Appeals) •

 

1995

• Henry Aaron • Black Advertising Agencies • Dr. Roy C. Bell • Thomas J. Burrell • Diahann Carroll • Vincent T. Cullers • Dr. Albert M. Davis • Marian Wright Edelman • Dr. James B. Ellison • Jack Greenberg, Esq. • Robert E. Johnson • Byron Lewis • Jet Magazine • Phylicia Rashad • Randall Robinson • Carl T. Rowan • Dr. Otis W. Smith • Billy Dee Williams • Willie L. Brown, Jr. •

 

1996

• Kathleen Battle • Harry Belafonte • Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. • Virgis W. Colbert • Nat “King” Cole • Myrlie Evers-Williams • Dr. Pedro Jose Greer • Cathy Hughes • Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Jr. • Charley Pride • Ronald Townsend • Lenny Wilkens • Eldrick “Tiger” Woods •

 

1997

• Willie E. Gary • Louis Gossett, Jr. • Anthony Mark Hankins • Florence Griffith Joyner • B.B. King • Mayor Ron Kirk • Gladys Knight • Jonathan Kozol • Hazel O’Leary • Bernard Shaw • Louis Sullivan, M.D. • Edward T. Lewis • Clarence O. Smith • Susan Taylor • Essence Magazine •

 

1998

•African American State Supreme Court Justices • Jacquelyn Barrett • Lerone Bennett, Jr. • Larry Doby • Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds • Beverly Harvard • Margie Lewis • Reginald Lewis • Don Newcombe • General Colin Powell • Whitney Houston • Wynton Marsalis • Eugene Lang • Mrs. Sonya Carson• Father George Clements• Rev. & Mrs. Jesse Jackson, Sr. • Mrs. Deloris Jordan • Mr. & Mrs. Earl Woods•

 

1999

• Matel Dawson, Jr. • Bryant Gumbel • Eunice Johnson • Jessye Norman • Smokey Robinson • Dr. Dorothy Height• Congressman John Lewis • Frank Sinatra• Jackie Joyner Kersee• John “Buck” O’Neil• Eddie Robinson•

 

2000

• Shirley Caesar• Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. • Judge Damon J. Keith • Patti LaBelle • Lou Rawls • Marlon St. Julien • Captain Patrice Clarke Washington • Tracey Edmonds • Ann Fudge •Earl G. Graves • Debra L. Lee • George R. Lewis • Richard Parsons • Linda Johnson Rice • Lloyd Ward •

 

2001

• Ray Charles • Clive Davis • Geoffrey Holder• Carmen de Lavallade •Willie Mays• Jacqueline L. Mims• Leslie Uggams• Senator Edward W. Brooke • Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm • Congressman John Conyers, Jr.• Governor Charles W. Turnbull• Lieutenant Governor Joe Rogers • Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. • Justice Thurgood Marshall • Florida A & M University •

 

2002

•Sidney Poitier • Ted Turner • Andrew Young • Cicely Tyson • Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. • Tom Joyner • John H. Johnson • Senator Carol Moseley Braun• Rev. Johnnie Colemon • Congresswoman Yvonne Braithwaite Burke • Sylvia Flanagan• Dr. Audrey Forbes Manley • Dr. Vivian Pinn • Ernesta Procope • Dr. Condoleezza Rice • Congresswoman Maxine Waters • Meharry Medical College•

 

2003

• The Honorable Perry Gladstone Christie • Ossie Davis • Ruby Dee • Destiny’s Child • Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. • Julius “Dr. J” Erving • Pam Grier • Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. • Spike Lee • Mark Whitaker • Lieutenant Colonel Marilyn Wills • Cheyenne Woods •

 

2004

• Jordan Adams • Don Barden • Angela Bassett • Isaac Hayes • Norman Lear • President Nelson Mandela • Dr. Anthony Pollard • Della Reese • Sylvia Rhone • Russell Simmons • Dr. C. Delores Tucker • Judge Horace T. Ward •

 

2005

• Honorable Dennis W. Archer • Joe Louis Dudley, Sr. • Mayor Shirley Franklin • Dick Gregory • Beyoncé Knowles • Serena Williams • Venus Williams • Nancy Wilson • Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. • Bishop T.D. Jakes • Bishop Eddie L. Long • Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie • Father Theodore M. Hesburgh • President Lyndon B. Johnson • Honorable Michael Misick • Donald Young, Jr. •

 

2006

• Dr. Keith L. Black • Lorenzo D. Creighton • Vivica A. Fox • Dr. Bobby Jones • Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears • Usher • Rev. C.T. Vivian• Archbishop Desmond Tutu • Stevie Wonder • Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.•

 

2007

• Toni Braxton • Nancy G. Brinker • John Carlos • Dr. Denzil L. Douglas • Orok Duke • Ed Dwight • Clint Eastwood • Hill Harper • Quincy Jones • Michael Jordan • J. Terrence Lanni • Donnie McClurkin • Justice Alan C. Page • Dr. Tommie Smith • Percy E. Sutton • Dionne Warwick• Cece Winans • Tennessee State University•

 

2008

• Shareef Abdur-Rahim• Halle Berry •Dr. T.B. Boyd III • The Honorable Paul L. Brady • Chris “Ludacris” Bridges • Danny Glover • Sheila C. Johnson • Brian O. Jordan • Dr. Vance and Dr. Vincent Moss • Najee • Don Thompson •The Honorable Thurbert Baker • Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. • The Honorable Paul Howard, Jr. •Congressman Hank Johnson, Jr. • Khalil Johnson • Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore• Congressman David Scott • The Honorable Georganna Sinkfield •The Honorable Calvin Smyre• Commissioner Michael Thurmond• The Honorable Al Williams•

 

2009

• Dr. Alvin Crawford • Earvin “Magic” Johnson • Chief Richard Pennington • Michael Roberts • Johnathan Rodgers • Raven-Symoné • Chris Tucker • Tuskegee Airmen • Pastor Paula White •

 

2010

• Frankie Beverly and MAZE • Judge Clarence Cooper • Dr. Farrah Gray • Steve Harvey • Rev. Jim Holley Ph.D.• Don Jackson • Evelyn Lowery • Rev. Joseph E. Lowery • Clarence Otis, Jr. • John Rogers, Jr. • Synthia SAINTJAMES • General William E. Ward•

 

2011

• Drs. Andre’, Keith and Kevin Churchwell • The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. • Harry E. Johnson, Sr. • Alfred C. Liggins III • Paula Madison • Judge Greg Mathis • The O’ Jays • Richard Roundtree • Reverend Al Sharpton • Chief Justice Georgina Wood •

 

2012

• U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant • Mayor Cory A. Booker • Earth, Wind & Fire • Rev. C. L. Franklin • Tyrese Gibson • Mary Parker • Emmitt and Pat Smith • Ted Turner • Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. • Black Hotel General Managers •

 

2013

• Debra Martin Chase • Chaka Khan • Alonzo and Tracy Mourning • Michael McMillan • Mayor Kasim Reed • Edward T. Welburn, Jr. • Charlie Wilson •

 

2014

• DeVon Franklin • Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff • The Honorable Kamala Harris • Deryl and Cheryl McKissack • Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. • Steve Pemberton • Alfre Woodard • The Bronner Brothers • The Williams Sisters •