31 Mar 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Traditionally, there are 12 honorees. However, there are 13 this year, including Ekundayo Bandele, founder of Hattiloo Theatre; the Rev. Benjamin Booker, Presiding Elder Emeritus of the North Memphis District of the AME Church; Michael Floyd, Esq., managing attorney for the Michael G. Floyd Law Office in Memphis and formerly a civil rights attorney in Philadelphia; Evander Ford, who recently received his degree from LeMoyne-Owen College after being denied it because of his civil rights activities in 1968; Onie Johns, the founder of The Caritas Village, which seeks to break downs walls of hostility between the races; Johnny Jones III, a trailblazer from Munford (Tenn.), who played football at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (under the leadership of Coach John Majors) and in the Canadian League; Myron Lowery, chairman of the Memphis City Council and former interim city mayor; Betty Nicholson, former liaison to the United Nations who was instrumental in assisting the wives of the 1968 striking sanitation workers; Elmore Nickleberry, one of the 1300 striking sanitation workers and also marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968; Deanie Parker, singer/songwriter for Stax Records who later served as president of Soulsville Foundation; attorney Glenwood Roane Sr., who was involved in fighting civil rights cases in Virginia prior to moving to Memphis; Judge Tarik Sugarmon, a youthful trailblazer who was among the second group of students to integrate Central High School; and Jocelyn Wurzburg, J.D., an attorney who organized a march on City Hall to assist sanitation workers in 1968.
The Rev. Dr. C. Robert Finch is presiding elder of the North Memphis District of the AME Church, headquartered at 2771 Colony Park Drive.
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