"Pasadena was in the House"
For years my wife and I have travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, primarily to participate in and report on the annual Trumpet Awards. In addition to the Trumpet Award ceremony, this year's event, from Wednesday, January 23, through Saturday, January 27, 2013, also included a Race Relations Symposium, a forum on Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Success, and a High Tea with High Heels at the Hyatt.
Pasadena was in the house at this year's Trumpet Awards. My wife made us proud as she was honored at the annual Tea. The Tea is the signature event fundraiser for student scholarships given by the Trumpet Award Foundation. The event honors professional and entrepreneurial women achievers from across the country and internationally.
This year's achievers included newspaper publishers including Cleretta Blackmon publisher of the Mobile Beacon in Mobile, Alabama, Connie Harper of the Cleveland Call & Post in Cleveland, Ohio, and our own Miss Ruthie, of the Pasadena Journal.
Also honored at the Tea was nationally known gospel singer, Dottie Peoples, and seven entrepreneurial sisters from the Bahamas. The women honored were in categories ranging from fashion boutique owner, restaurant owner, dentist, accountant, attorney and interior and architectural design.
As part of the program these fabulous and talented women participated in a fashion show. With no reservation and with no bias, of course, the star of that show was our own Miss Ruthie with a three-piece knock-out outfit by local entrepreneurs, FooFoo Fashions, that wowed the crown and had them saying, "ooh's" and "aww's."
Pasadena resident Danny Bakewell, publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and Trumpet Awards Foundation member was in attendance along with Sentinel Executive, Brenda Marsh Mitchell, and former Pasadena Urban League Executive Director Shirley Adams. Ms. Adams now makes her home in Atlanta, where she recently retired as Vice President of Clark Atlanta University.
Other Trumpet Award honorees included television entertainment giant, Debra Martin Chase; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; former NBA star, Alonzo Mourning, and his wife, Stacy, for their humanitarian work with underprivileged youth; entertainment legend, Chaka Khan; community service activist, Michael McMillan; and longtime GM automobile designer, Edward Welburn.
The Trumpet Awards is the brain child of longtime associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Turner Broadcasting Vice President, Xernona Clayton. Clayton was the first African Woman to have a television talk show in the South, pre-dating Oprah. The Awards honor and highlight the contributions of African Americans throughout the world.
The Trumpet Awards will air on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5 p.m. on TV One.