Sentinel publisher Danny Bakewell, Sr. and Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan will be honored among men of distinction at the 1st Annual Pre-Grammy Gospel Interfaith Awards and Praise Party at the JW Marriott Hotel on January 25. The historic “Praise Party” comes on the eve of one of the biggest worldwide recording industry events to celebrate the extraordinary legacy of the Gospel Music Industry, while paying homage to religious leaders who’ve served for more than two decades.
“As organizers of this celebration, we believe that this affair will be one of the most historically significant events during Grammy weekend and will also be the hottest ticket in town,” stated Carmin Williams, founder of Women Working Together, Inc., which is hosting the extravaganza.
Women Working Together includes a unique network of women who’ve committed their lives to creating positive alternative programs to address women’s health, spiritual, educational and economic needs. They desired in 2014 to uplift the work and sacrifices of African-American religious leaders and advocates for all they do in their communities. Sentinel publisher Danny Bakewell, Sr. has built a decades- long career as a businessman, social activist, and community advocate. Just a fraction of his accomplishments include his recent service as chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and groundbreaking work as head of the Brotherhood Crusade.
At 80-years-old, Minister Louis Farrakhan still maintains a grueling work schedule as the National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. His tremendous success includes many other things, the establishment of mosques and study groups in over 120 cities across America, Europe, the Caribbean, and missions in West Africa and South Africa devoted to the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Minister Farrakhan and the NOI recently celebrated the 18th anniversary of the historic 1995 Million Man March on Washington, D.C., which drew nearly two million Black men.
Other Pre-Grammy Interfaith Gospel Awards honorees are Bishop Lacy K. Sykes (Cross Word Christian Church), Minister Emeritus Abdul Wazir Muhammad (Nation of Islam’s Western Region), Pastor Wayne Chaney (Antioch Church), Imam Tariq Aquil (California Correctional Institution), Bishop Noel Jones (City of Refuge), Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray (Chair of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement), Imam Ameen Omar (Masjid Al Shareef), and Imam Abdul Karriem Hasan (Masjid Bilal Center).
Event highlights will include various performances by famed Gospel and Classical recording artists, according to organizers. They felt the Pre-Grammy Interfaith Gospel Awards Dinner themed “Our Unity is Our Success” would Community Overwhelmingly be a great way to unify the interfaith community.