Legends awards planned

Published 11:38 pm Friday, January 27, 2012

Two local organizations are joining to plan a special event to pay tribute to African Americans who have dedicated service to the advancement of the community.
The Illustrious Women of Vision and the national Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Gamma Theta Chapter will be hosting the first Legends Gala themed as A Night to Remember Feb. 18 at the Brewton Municipal Civic Center.
Loletta Redmond, an organizer of the event, said the program will honor community members in several areas of interest.
“We will be honor members of the community who have lead efforts in the civil rights movement, education and community service,” Redmond said. “The awards categories are outstanding educator, student, pastor, humanitarian and legend.”
Already selected to receive recognition in the legend category will be the Rev. H.K. Matthews, Redmond said.
“Rev. Matthews will be honored for his exemplary service and dedication to civil rights,” Redmond said.
Marion Booker, who was named as Conecuh County’s teacher of the year, will be honored in the outstanding educator category. Lisa Thomas McMillan will be honored in the outstanding humanitarian category, Redmond said.
“We are still accepting nominations for other categories to honor during the event,” Redmond said. “Nominations for outstanding pastor and outstanding student from both the Brewton and Evergreen area are still being taken. We will select someone from both communities to receive the recognition in those categories.”
Both organizations involved in the planned event are dedicated to the advancement of community through education, leadership, service and development of youth potential, Redmond said.
The Rev. Danny Benjamin will be the guest speaker for the event with entertainment provided by the Escambia County High School choir.
“This is truly a ‘Night to Remember’ for the community,” Redmond said. “We will honor all the accomplishments African Americans have made within our community.”
The formal affair will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 with tickets on sale for $10 each.
For tickets or to obtain a nomination form, contact Lynn Stallworth at 1-888-691-0665 or Glennie Culliver at 809-5444 or any member of the Women of Vision or Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. organizations.