Previous Honorees

2013

Debra Martin Chase Chaka Khan Michael McMillian Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Mayor Kasim Reed Edward T. Welburn Jr. Charlie Wilson

2012

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

2011

Dr. Andre’ Keith Dr. 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

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 SAINT JAMES General William E. Ward

2009

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

2008

Shareef Abdur-Rahim Halle Berry Dr. T.B. Boyd III The Honorable Paul L. Brady  Chris “Ludacris” Bridges  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 Danny Glover

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 Tommie Smith Percy E. Sutton Dionne Warwick Cece Winans

2006

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

2005

Honorable Dennis W. Archer Joe Louis Dudley, Sr. Mayor Shirley Franklin Dick Gregory Beyoncé Knowles 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. Serena Williams

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

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

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

2001

Ray Charles Clive Davis Geoffrey Holder Carmen de Lavallade Willie Mays Jacqueline L. Mims Leslie Uggams 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 Senator Edward W. Brooke

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

1999

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

1998

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

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

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

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 Jet Magazine Phylicia Rashad Randall Robinson Carl T. Rowan Dr. Otis W. Smith Billy Dee Williams Willie L. Brown, Jr. Byron Lewis

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 Rev. 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)

1993

The George Axam Family Gregory Baranco Juanita Baranco Dr. Benjamin Carson Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole (Black Colleges) Comer Cottrell Anita L. DeFrantz Suzanne dePasse Mayor Henry Espy (National Conference of Black Mayors) 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 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 Isabell Cottrell Bishop Barbara Harris Jennifer Lawson