Photo Flash: Blige, Dee et al. Honored at 365Black Awards
Continuing its long-standing support and connection to the African-American community, McDonald's® recognized a distinguished list of five prominent African-Americans who influence and inspire greatness through outstanding community service at the 2011 365Black® Awards. This year's 365Black Awards were co-hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner and Academy Award® nominated actress Angela Bassett and were held Friday, July 1, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. in New Orleans, La., at the start of the Essence Music Festival weekend.
The 2011 365Black Awards honorees were multi-platinum recording artist Mary J. Blige, Oscar® nominated and Grammy Award winning actress Ruby Dee, Radio One network founder Cathy Hughes, NAACP® president and CEO Benjamin Jealous, and civil rights activist and McDonald's owner/operator Henry "Hank" Thomas.
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 year round. 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.
Below we bring you pictures from the event.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu gives opening remarks 2011 365BlackÂ® Awards in New Orleans, kicking- off the Essence Music Festival weekend. The 365Black Awards were launched in 2003 and are an extension of McDonaldâ€™s 365Black initiative, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round.
365Black Awards Co-host Angela Bassett poses with Ronald McDonaldÂ® on the red carpet. Angela Bassett and radio legend Tom Joyner hosted the 2011 365Black Awards in New Orleans during Essence Music Festival.
Gospel singing sensation and Grammy AwardÂ® winning recording artist Hezekiah Walker leaders 2011 McDonaldâ€™s 365Black Awards honorees and audience into opening inspirational song.
Legendary Broadway actress Ruby Dee receiving her 2011 McDonaldâ€™s 365Black Award from Academy AwardÂ® nominated actress and ceremony co-host Angela Bassett in New Orleans at the Essence Music Festival.
2011 McDonaldâ€™s 365Black Awards recipient Mary J. Blige and husband Kendu Isaac during the awards ceremony at Essence Music Festival celebration.
365Black Award Honorees, Civil rights activist and McDonaldâ€™s owner/operator Henry â€œHankâ€? Thomas, Radio One network founder Cathy Hughes, multi-platinum recording artist Mary J. Blige, legendary Broadway actress Ruby Dee and NAACPÂ® president Benjamin Jealous, on the red carpet after receiving a 2011 365Black Award.
Rob Jackson, McDonald;s USA, presents a check for $40, 000 to Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute for the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now during the 2011 365Black Awards Ceremony.