Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Louisville Hosts First Derby Gala Black Sports Hall of Fame

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

The Winners Circle Derby Gala presented Salute to Black Sports Hall of Fame, Saturday, May 1st at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville. The evening featured masters of ceremony NBA-All Star and Louisville native Allan Houston, and former NFL-All Pro and University of Louisville Football star Frank Minnifield, and a special performance by Grammy award winning Platinum Recording artist Deborah Cox. Sissy Williams and Peter Rawlings opened the gala performing R&B classics.
Councilman President and mayoral candidate David Tandy and State Senator Gerald Neal made presentations to all the sports honorees including Miss Kentucky Basketball, Donna Murphy; to the family of thoroughbred racing trainer and owner Oscar Dishman, and to the family of former heavyweight boxing champion Greg Page.
Allan Houston presented this mother Alice Houston with an early Mother's Day plaque of his grandfather William Kean's memorabilia. Kean coached at Louisville's Central High School in the '50s. NFL All Pro Frank Minnifield, who was suppose to honor hall of famer Lenny Lyles announced that Lyles suffered a stroke on April 30th and solicited prayers from the audience. Our prayers are with the Lyles family at this time.

Community activist Christopher 2x, house MC, recognized Muhammad Ali's brother, Wade Houston, Judge Sadiqa Reynolds and Ole Stevenson among the stars and dignitaries in attendance. Winston Pitmon, Winston Pitmon Cardinal Dodge, the gala sponsor presented Deborah Cox with a beautiful boutique of roses at the end of her performance that included a diverse mix of blue, jazz, and gospel along with her R&B hit, Nobody's Supposed To Be Here.



Derby Gala Black Sports Hall of Fame, May 1st.

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