- Category: News
11 Aug 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
The expanded scope was detailed at press conference on Wednesday.
The selected national honorees include Education Pioneer Award recipient Marva Collins; Humanitarian Award, Dr. Bill Frist (former U.S. Senator, Tennessee); Pioneer Award, Cicely Tyson, actress and female rights icon, and Danny Glover, actor and humanitarian; Celtic legend Bill Russell, Pioneer Award; NBA great Alonzo Mourning, Legacy Award.
Highlighting the local honorees list is Memphis civil rights icon, the Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, pastor and confidant to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Rev. James Lawson, who introduced King to the principles of non-violence, and served as a leader in Memphis during the civil rights era.
The museum also announced plans to unveil a new and larger concept for the Peoples’ Forum, which gives free admission to thousands every year to share in part of the ceremonies. This year’s event is to be featured around a live children’s conference, for which details are to be announced at a later time.