Nashville NAACP Membership Luncheon was a phenomenal success

Recently, the Nashville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) solidified their effort, to show unity across multiple generations and backgrounds. This was done by hosting the ‘Coming Together…Unity in Action’ Life Membership Luncheon at the Cal Turner Family Center at Meharry Medical College. During the event, local leaders were recognized for their significant commitment to unifying the Nashville community.

Recognitions included four President’s Awards to recipients;  Nancy Nichols, Don Majors, Dr. Blondell Strong Kimbrough and Gordon Larkins. As well as four Legacy Awards, those recipients included; Rosetta Miller Petty, Walter Searcy, Ben Rechter and Isaac Addae .  Dr. Charles E. Kimbrough received the Medal of Honor to Judge Richard Dinkins.

Ludye Wallace

Each award given represented the highest honor and esteem granted for the recipients’ tireless work within the community and beyond.  The President’s Award is presented to a member of the Nashville Branch who has gone above and beyond to support and perpetuate the work of the organization, in the past year.

Legacy Awards are given to an individual who creates positive, impactful change and a measurable difference within the greater Nashville community.  This individual should exemplify the tenets of the NAACP. To ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

The Dr. Charles E. Kimbrough Medal of Honor is presented to an individual who has an established history of dedication to the protection, advancement and/or promotion of all people, while exhibiting leadership and providing inspiration to those around them, within a specific organization or the community at-large.

The program included performances by Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church’s Praise Team, Mr. Miles Slay and Ms. Tyler Samuel. The event garnered significant support from various areas of the community. Sponsors included Belmont University, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Meharry Medical College, Doctors. James & Phyllis Hildreth, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Vice Mayor David Briley, Giarratana Nashville, duGard Communications, R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, Nashville General Hospital, DVL Seigenthaler, Bill Freeman, Citizens Bank, Tennessee Minority Pages (TMP)  and American Baptist College.

Ludye Wallace, President of the Nashville NAACP Branch sated: “Seeing everyone, today, demonstrated that Nashville has the heart and desire to be a unified city. With multiple generations represented, we heard how important it is that we speak truth to one another and that we encourage our youth to continue the fight for the advancement of all people.  We stood together, today, in what is the first of several actionable steps towards a unified Nashville.

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