The annual Trumpet Awards was taped in Atlanta, Georgia in January, 2013. The show will air this month. The Trumpet Awards acknowledges the accomplishments of men and women, in particular, who have significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of life for all . . . individuals and/or groups who augment the richness of this great global society by partnering with the cause of justice and equality of all. These men and women have not only achieved success in a chosen profession or career for what they have achieved but also for those they inspire.
Black men and women are a valuable resource to this country. Their contributions and accomplishments, including the part they play to ensure the continued vitality of the nation's economy, have become increasingly evident. Their contributions inspire, educate, stimulate, and enlighten human minds to the reality that success, achievement and respect are void of color and gender.
Originally presented by Turner Broadcasting in 1993 and now presented by the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc., the Trumpet Awards were created to herald the accomplishments of Black Americans who have succeeded against immense odds. Special recognition is given to the few, who symbolize the many, who have overcome the ills of racism and poverty and achieved special greatness. The past award presentations have been very successful and the future productions will continue to enhance the level of excellence created by the first Trumpet Awards.
The Trumpet Awards, through the generosity of its co-sponsors has generated nearly $4 million to charitable and educational causes. We have assisted hundreds of students pursue their education. We owe a debt of gratitude to the school systems for processing the applicants and preparing the students for the competitions. The expression of joy and appreciation from the students stimulate our zeal to do more.
Xernona Clayton is the Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Creator and Executive Producer of the Foundation's Trumpet Awards. The Trumpet Awards is a prestigious event highlighting African American accomplishments and contributions. Initiated in 1993 by Turner Broadcasting, the Trumpet Awards has been televised annually and distributed internationally to over 185 countries around the world.
Ms. Clayton began her television career in 1967 and became the south's first Black person to have her own television show. The Xernona Clayton show was a regular feature on WAGA-TV, CBS affiliate in Atlanta.
Xernona Clayton was employed at Turner Broadcasting for nearly 30 years where she served as a corporate executive. In 1988, Xernona Clayton was appointed Corporate Vice President for Urban Affairs with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. In this capacity, she directed internal and external projects for the Corporation, and served as liaison between Turner Broadcasting (TBS SuperStation, CNN, Headline News, TNT, Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks) and civic groups in Atlanta and across the country. As a corporate executive, Ms. Clayton was one of the highest-ranking female employees in Turner Broadcasting System.
Xernona moved to Atlanta in 1965 where she accepted a position with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked closely with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ms. Clayton also traveled extensively with Mrs. Coretta Scott King on her nationwide concert tours.
The Trumpet Awards Foundation announced the 2013 Trumpet Awards honored the following 2013 honorees: Chaka Khan – Legend Award, Debra Martin Chase – Entertainment Award, Michael McMillan – Community Service Award, Alonzo & Tracy Mourning – Humanitarian Award, Mayor Kasim Reed – Public Service Award, Charlie Wilson – Lifetime Achievement Award, and Edward Welburn – Corporate Award.
The week-end of Trumpet Awards activities also included a Race Relations Symposium, Sister to Sister Forum, and High Tea with High Heels event. The Trumpet Awards will air on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, on TV One. Check local listing for time and station location.