African American leaders to be honored

Tanya Beauchamp, left, Mary Holder, center, and Lakynn Hodgens were among 18 people honored at the African American Catholic Leadership Awards Dinner, held March 11 at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Record Staff Report

The Archdiocese of Louisville will host its 32nd annual African American Catholic Leadership Awards Dinner on March 2 at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane.

All proceeds from this event, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Ministry, will benefit a scholarship fund that assists African American Catholic youth seeking secondary and post-secondary education.

Nine adults will be recognized during the event for leadership in their church and school communities. And seven young people will receive scholarships.

The banquet’s highest honor — the Acacia Award — will be presented to three people:

Carolle Jones Clay of Republic Bank; William “Bill” Harris, a member of the Archdiocesan Gospel Choir and parishioner of St. Augustine Church; and James Taylor, a member of the Archdiocesan Gospel Choir and parishioner of St. Martin de Porres Church.

The award recognizes an individual or organization for their “years of service, support and fidelity to the African American Catholic community,” a news release from the OMM said.

The Genevieve Boone Award will be presented to Ruth Winstead of St. Augustine. The award is named for Genevieve Boone who served as a catechist and recognizes an individual “who exhibits a high level of commitment to his or her faith and in the African American community,” the release said.

Five adults will receive the Deacon James and Mrs. M. Annette Turner African American Catholic Adult Leadership Award.

They are: Charles Bivens, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church; Deanne Byrd, St. Martin de Porres; Stephanie Henry, St. Martin de Porres; Subrenia Lain, St. Augustine; and Mary Spaulding, Holy Rosary Church in Springfield, Ky.

The youth scholarship awards will be given to young men and women who have demonstrated leadership in their church and school communities, a news release from the OMM.

Thirteen young people — eighth graders and high school seniors — will receive this honor, called Rodriq McCravy Awards.

Eighth-grade recipients are Aniya Bing and Radhiya Cobble, both of St. Augustine.

High school senior award recipients are Alexis Cammack, St. Augustine; Jediah Holman, St. Martin de Porres; Ihechiluri “Chi Chi” Chinyere Igwe, St. Albert the Great Church; La’Dymon Key, Holy Rosary; and Tre’Quan Phillips, Holy Rosary.

Tickets are $70 and should be purchased in advance. A silent auction and cash bar open at 5 p.m. For more information, call the OMM at 471-2146.

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