Memphis Freedom Awards Honored Pioneers & Living Legends

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Memphis Freedom Awards Honored Pioneers & Living Legends

(L to R: Frank Robinson, Charlayne Hunter-Gualt, Tom Brokaw, Robert Parris Moses)

The 2014 Freedom Awards was held in Memphis on December 2, 2014 at the Temple of Deliverance COGIC.

The day began with a Public Forum hosted by Kontji Anthony, anchor/reporter for Action News 5 and Moziah Bridges, the 13-year-old owner of the nationally recognized brand, Mo’s Bows. Students from several Shelby County Schools were in attendance to witness history as Charlayne Hunter-Gault (International Freedom Award); Robert Parris Moses (National Freedom Award); Frank Robinson (Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award for Sports); and Tom Brokaw (Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award for Journalism) were all recognized with prestigious Freedom Awards.

The official ceremony took place at the Cannon Center of Memphis with captivating live performances from Black Violin, The Reddick Singers, Collage Dance Collective and DeltaCappella.

There were also special awards presented to Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles for his efforts during the Civil Rights Movement and to Beverly Robertson, now former President of the National Civil Rights Museum for her dedication to the museum’s programs & services over the past 17 years.

It was a memorable night of “Breaking Barriers & Advancing Freedom” as this year’s theme boldly claimed and one that attendees both young and old won’t soon forget.

To find out more about the Freedom Awards and to donate to the National Civil Rights Museum to help further its efforts, visit




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