In addition to the recipients of the Freedom Awards, the museum honored seven icons of the civil rights movement which included Leola Brown Montgomery, Delores Huerta, Rev. Ed King, Rev. Samuel Kyles, Rev. James Lawson, John Seigenthaler, and Rev. C.T. Vivian.
With special musical guests James Ingram, Wendy Moten, and Kirk Whalum the Awards played to a sold out crowd at the Cannon Center. The special will air on PBS in 2012.
|James Ingram performs.|
New for the awards this year was a GMP recreation of the familiar Lorraine Motel sign which still stands in front of the Memphis motel where Martin Luther King was shot. The prop sign was used as the focal point of the show’s set. GMP scenic was responsible for the remainder of the set, as well as audio, lighting, recording, staging, and directing of the prestigious event.