The 5th Annual Men of Excellence Gala hosted by The New Tri-State Defender yielded myriad images and moments of inspiration at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis on Saturday night.
Judge Joe Brown of television fame was the keynote speaker, delivering a penetrating address that noted myriad points supporting his bottomline: there is a whole lot of more work to be done to improve the quality of life for African Americans in Memphis and the nation.
It was the first TSD gala event since President and Publisher Bernal E. Smith II put together a local ownership group to purchase the 62-year-old newspaper. The center of attention was the 2013 class of honorees. Smith called them "deserving men from all walks of life and experiences, men that have demonstrated excellence in their work and commitment most times despite great challenge and obstacle."
NOTE: See special coverage of the 5th Annual Men of Excellence event in this week's edition of The New Tri-State Defender, which will be distributed on Wednesday (one day earlier) because of the Thanksgiving holiday