Beasley Media Group’s Atlanta Market has announced Waverly T. Lucas II, a former member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Atlanta Ballet is the first recipient of the prestigious “Man of Honor” award. This award is presented by the Sports Joc Show with Wayne Gandy, a radio personality on Beasley’s WWWE AM 1100 in Atlanta, an ESPN SEC TV sports analyst, and a 15-season NFL veteran. The Man of Honor award will be presented
once a month from June through September. This award pays tribute to men who display integrity, honor, hard work, sacrifice and kindness to others.
“No matter the circumstance, a Man of Honor embodies patience, loyalty and an undying ability to overcome and excel at life,” remarked Wayne Gandy. “A Man of Honor gives back without thinking of himself. He is his brother’s keeper. Waverly Lucas is truly a Man of Honor!” Waverly Lucas is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Ballethnic Dance Company; he is also the choreographer of more than 30 ballets with performances at 1996 Olympic Arts Festival, the National Black Arts Festival and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Outreach Program. Lucas is also the creator of Danseur Development Project, a program with a unique approach to the athletic development and mentoring of young males in dance. Waverly and his wife Nena Lucas moved to Atlanta from New York, at a time when minorities did not have a place in classical ballet. With this in mind, Waverly and Nena Lucas would teach classes in the housing projects. They tour the country with the “Heartstring National Tour” and use their talents to promote social change.
“We’re proud to present the ‘Man of honor’ award each month to worthy recipients,” added Atlanta Market Manager LeAnder Cooper. “We are genuinely impressed with Wavery Lucas and are eager to showcase him as a role model for other deserving men in our community!”