The 19th Annual African American Male Image Awards Banquet – presented by the Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation and the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. – will be held at The Hotel Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.
Edward Stanton III, U.S. Atty. for the Western District of Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker. Radio personality Bev Johnson of WDIA will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.
The banquet, which raises funds to support college-bound African-American male high school seniors, also recognizes African-American men in the Memphis community who are role models for brotherhood, scholarship and community service. Banquet co-chair George Hilliard said the Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation recognizes men who excel in six key areas – arts, business, corporate, community service, education and Religion.
Local honorees for 2013 are: Education – Bobby White, founder and CEO of Frayser Community Schools; Business – Charles Sims Jr., president, The Sims Financial Group, Inc.; Religion – Milton Hawkins, pastor, Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ; Community Service – Van Turner, attorney, Bruce Turner, PLLC; Corporate – Shannon Brown, senior vice president, FedEx; and Arts – Bernal E. Smith II, president and publisher, The New Tri-State Defender.
The fraternity also will present its "Service for Humanity" Award to David Porter, Hall of Fame songwriter and record producer, The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town). Individual $1,000 scholarships will be given to five young men who exemplify the ideals of the fraternity and demonstrate "great respect for scholarship."
The Memphis Alumni Chapter – Tau Iota Sigma – was chartered on June 7, 1935. The Hobson-Goodlow Foundation, Incorporated was founded in 1999 by the local chapter and officially incorporated in 2001. James Bailey is president of the Memphis Alumni Chapter.
Tickets are $45 each and a table of 10, $450. For more information, call 901-409-0762.