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 was co-hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner and Academy Award ® nominated actress Angela Bassett and was 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.
Check out red carpet photos below!
Harold Burnett II of Dover, DE, Phil Solomon of Brunswick, NJ, BET’s The Game star Hosea Chanchez, TBS’s House of Payne star Lamann Rucker, TBS’s Meet the Browns’ Lance Gross, Maurice Lee of Orangeburg, SC, Billy Walker of Southaven, MS and Lucas Boyce of Orlando, FL.
Actors Issac Keys, Lammar Rucker, Honoree Mary J. Blige and actor Lance Gross attends the 8th Annual 365 Black Awards at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday July 1,2011. (AP Photo/ Donald Traill)
National Black McDonaldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Operators Association (NBMOA) Chair and CEO Roland Parrish, McDonaldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s African American Consumer Market Committee Chairman Marty Gillis, Mary J. Blige, McDonaldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Director of African American Consumer Marketing Robert Jackson, Steve Stoute, Record Producer and Co-founder of FFAWN (Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now).
2011 McDonald’s 365Black Awards Honorees; civil rights ‘Freedom Rider’ and McDonald’s owner/operator Henry ‘Hank’? Thomas, Radio One network founder Cathy Hughes, multi-platinum recording artist Mary J. Blige, legendary Broadway actress Ruby Dee and NAACP president & CEO Benjamin Jealous, pose for photos on on the red carpet after receiving a 2011 365Black Award. The 365Black Awards is an extension of McDonald’s 365Black initiative, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round.
Harold G. Burnett II, Maurice Lee, Lucas Boyce, Ronald McDonald, Lamann Rucker, Phillip Solomon, Billy J. Walker.
Men of McCafe Casting Call winner Lucas Boyce of Orlando, FL, shares the spotlight with New Orleans McDonald’s Owner/Operators Joyce and Louis Colin during the Essence Music Festival Youth Day.
Radio One network founder Cathy Hughes, Broadway and screen actress Ruby Dee, Grammy Award winning gospel recording artist Hezekiah Walker.
Gospel singing sensation and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Hezekiah Walker opens the 2011 McDonald’s 365Black Awards show by leading the honorees and audience with an inspirational song. Walker is currently headlining the national McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour.
Phil Solomon of Brunswick, NJ, Lucas Boyce of Orlando, FL, Maurice Lee of Orangeburg, SC, Steve Stoute and Mary J. Blige, Billy Walker of Southaven, MS and Harold Burnett II of Dover, DE.