Premiere Coalition Partners Association, LLC proudly announced that Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be the inaugural site for its 2024 President’s Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony.

Alabama Community Events, President’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Tuscaloosa is a “city with a storied history of advocacy for Civil Rights, excellence in education, and commitment to civic and community service,” according to the press release from Premiere Coalition Partners Association, LLC.

Over 50 distinguished citizens, both living and posthumously, will be honored for their profound and selfless service. These honorees embody a diverse spectrum of lifelong contributions, from the pioneers of the past to the current leaders who are shaping the future of the community.

The 2024 President’s Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. at Weeping Mary Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2701 20th Street, Tuscaloosa.

The Historic Druid High School Class of 1968 alums are organizing this notable event to acknowledge the school's commendable contributions to the community and the nation, as well as to honor one of its renowned graduates, George E. Curry.

Curry, a Tuscaloosa, Alabama native, was a nationally acclaimed journalist, editor, author, speaker, and advocate. He was also posthumously honored with the 2023 Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Beverly Kee, Executive Director of the Premiere Coalition Partners Association, says Curry attributed his childhood in Tuscaloosa as a major contribution to his success. Dr. Kee contends, “After learning more about Tuscaloosa’s rich history, influence, and community spirit, it was an easy decision to add the Alabama city to the 2024 award locations.”

2024 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Honorees Listing


Harold Blevins

Mason Willis Bonner

Irene Byrd

Christine Spencer Coleman

Dr. Louise Juanita Crawford

Judge John Henry England Jr.

Willie J. Forte

Rev. David E. Gay Jr.

John Edward Gordon Sr.

Erica Barnes Grant

Ethel Brooks Harris

Dr. Trudier Harris

Levert Hedgemon Jr.

Raevan Howard

Bridgett Hughes Hurst

Gregory Hurst

Alma Wyatt Jones

Max Karrh

Ulysses G. Lavender Jr.

Lillie Leatherwood

Marvin L. Lucas

Rev. Claborn Sullivan May Sr.

Judge Ricky J. McKinney

Jocqueline K. Richardson

Mildred Rowser

Zoleka Ball Smith

Dr. Charles Steele Jr.

Danny R. Steele

Harrison L. Taylor

Maxie Thomas

Sharon Thomas-Ransom

Dr. Karen Thompson-Jackson

Rev. Anderson B. Walker

Kendra Kasae Williams

Sonya Yvette McKinstry

Ransey O’Daniel

Eva Harris Owens

Rodney T. Pelt Sr.

Dr. Samory Touré Pruitt

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Josephine Brown Dantzler

Dr. McDonald Hughes

Dr. Willie Clyde Jones

Rev. Thomas W. Linton

Joseph William Mallisham

Rev. T.Y. Rogers Jr.

Joseph & Nina Steele

Dr. Eddie Bernard Thomas

Robert Wade & The Wade Family

Ella Odessa Warrick

Ollie S. Washington

Oscar Daniel Watts III

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