Last month, The New Tri-State Defender, the Mid-South's leading source of news, politics, entertainment and lifestyle information from the African-American perspective, announced the opening of nominations for its fourth annual Men of Excellence Reception and Awards Celebration.
The gala event, which honors and recognizes the significant achievements, contributions and work of 50 outstanding African-American men from the Greater Memphis community, originally was planned for Sept. 28. Due to unforeseen and unexpected circumstances, we decided to postpone the event until November.
Most fortunately, the schedule adjustment allows us to extend our nomination period to allow for more deserving men to be considered for the 2012 class of MOE. Nominations are now open through Oct. 17. Nomination forms are available here.
The semi-formal event, which has been officially reset for Nov. 17 (venue to be confirmed and announced online and in next week's edition), will include a Hollywood red carpet welcome and a VIP reception from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Dinner and the awards program begins at 7 p.m. The dynamic musical group, Prosody, will be our featured entertainment, with a special guest speaker to be announced next week as well!
African-American men have contributed much toward shaping America's history and the history of the City of Memphis, often against considerable odds. Throughout the history of our city, African-American men such as Robert R. Church, A. Maceo Walker, A.W. Willis, and Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks have made contributions of excellence in their respective professions and to the community at large. That legacy has been continued through men such as Dr. Willie W. Herenton, Willie Gregory, Dr. Phillip Bowden and Judge D'Army Bailey and it is important that we edify and demonstrate appreciation for these men as examples for the next generation of leaders.
Today, many African-American men are in the forefront of all sectors from politics and public service to business and entertainment. The New Tri-State Defender will continue its acknowledgement of these men for their contributions to the region, to the community and to the business world.
As we culminate the nomination period, our selection committee will begin its process of identifying our 2012 Men of Excellence honorees. These will be men who have displayed exceptional courage, unwavering conviction and outstanding effort and contributions in their fields of endeavor. Each candidate must be a local African-American male executive, business owner or community leader. Each should have demonstrated success and positive character, be a positive role model whose contributions encourage others, and be active in community service or organizational involvement. We invite the community to join us in selecting and celebrating the Men of Excellence 2012.
Too often it seems that our leaders, whether at the community grassroots level or at the corporate executive level, get overshadowed by negative news concerning African-American males. The New Tri-State Defender is ecstatic to take a leading role in honoring those that consistently demonstrate excellence in their chosen fields of endeavor and for their service in improving the quality of life for those around them.
We encourage the community to submit deserving candidates for this year's MOE class, playing an active role in helping us to identify the most deserving for 2012. Then join us for the celebration on Nov. 17.