Tuesday, July 6, 2010

McDonald's 365Black Awards Celebrates African American Leaders

McDonalds 365Black Award recipients for 2010: Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete, McDonald’s Owner and Operator Rita Mack, educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lieutenant General Russel Honore.

On July 2nd at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, McDonald's presented its 2010 365Black Award recipients to recognize the accomplishments of noteworthy individuals that exemplify outstanding community service, empowering new generations for years to come.

This year's honorees are Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Lieutenant General Russel L. HonorĂ©, USArmy (Ret); philanthropists Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete; and National Black McDonald’s Operators Association CEO Rita Mack, a New Jersey-based McDonald’s owner/operator. Hosted by Tom Joyner and Sherri Shepherd, Grammy-award winning singer Regina Belle opened up the festivities with a stirring performance while journalist Roland Martin interviewed celebrities on the red carpet during the VIP Reception.

Actress and author Victoria Rowell, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete


NeNe Leakes of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and Regina Belle

Singer Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas

"This year's McDonald's 365Black Awards recipients represent another extraordinary group of leaders in America. From celebrated intellectuals to catalysts in community service, they are accomplished people of tremendous influence," said Neil Golden, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald's USA. "They continually inspire all of us with their unique leadership in areas that touch our lives."

This year's recipients join the ranks of previous 365Black honorees, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, ESSENCE Magazine president Michelle Ebanks and founder Susan Taylor, educator Johnnetta B. Cole, CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien, and NBA legend Alonzo Mourning. Held annually at the beginning of the Essence Music Festival, the 365Black Awards event is McDonald’s celebration of African American leaders for their contributions to the community.

The 365Black Awards were launched in 2003 and are an extension of McDonald's 365Black initiative, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African Americans yearlong. McDonald's outreach under the 365Black platform includes the web site www.mcdonalds.com/365black, as well as alliances with organizations that provide opportunities for African Americans to succeed.

For more highlights from the event, visit Black Voices HERE. See previous post HERE.
Photo credits: Soul Brother, Film Magic and Irwin Thompson, Associated Press

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Los Angeles Black Pride, the organization that started the Black Pride Movement for the GLBT community due to the issues concerning the marginalization of Black gay and Lesbian men / women within the larger GLBT community is after 23 years of producing the annual pride celebration that takes place during the 4th of July weekend wish to invite the support of 365black in form or partnership/ sponsorship.

We have made many attempts to contact you to see how we can get 365black involved to no avail. please contact us either through email. atbla@atbla.com or phone 323.285.4225