A Special Father's Day

Morehouse College celebrates distinguished dads at Father's Day awards brunch

Morehouse College celebrates distinguished dads at awards brunch

News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Al Green, Tony Chase, Sylvester Turner
U.S. Rep. Al Green, from left, Tony Chase and Sylvester Turner. Photo by Daryl Hamilton
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Maroon Tiger Father of the Year-James Robertson Jr.
Maroon Tiger Father of the Year James Robertson Jr. and family. Photo by Daryl Hamilton
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Will Norwood, Eric Lyons, Bryce Kennard
Will Norwood, from left, Eric Lyons and Bryce Kennard. Photo by Daryl Hamilton
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, college song
Morehouse alumns link arms while singing the college song. Photo by Daryl Hamilton
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Grad Wayne Luckett and Dad Wayne Luckett.
Morehouse grad Wayne Luckett and his dad, Wayne Luckett. Photo by Daryl Hamilton
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Morehouse Grad Joel Hardy III and his children
Morehouse graduate Joel Hardy III and his children. Photo by Daryl Hamilton
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, LaToshia Norwood, Will Norwood, Lily Norwood
LaToshia and Will Norwood with daughter Lily. Photo by Daryl Hamilton
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Honoree Omar Reid and Janice Reid.
Honoree Omar Reid and Janice Reid. Photo by Daryl Hamilton
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Pay Purser and Michael Harris
Ray Purser, left, and Michael Harris. Photo by Daryl Hamilton
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Farouk Plummer, Bryce Kennard, Trey Stone
Farouk Plummer, from left, Bryce Kennard and Trey Stone. Photo by Daryl Hamilton
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Al Green, Tony Chase, Sylvester Turner
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Maroon Tiger Father of the Year-James Robertson Jr.
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Will Norwood, Eric Lyons, Bryce Kennard
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, college song
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Grad Wayne Luckett and Dad Wayne Luckett.
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Morehouse Grad Joel Hardy III and his children
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, LaToshia Norwood, Will Norwood, Lily Norwood
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Honoree Omar Reid and Janice Reid.
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Pay Purser and Michael Harris
News, Shelby, Morehouse College Father's Day event, June 2015, Farouk Plummer, Bryce Kennard, Trey Stone

Five distinguished dads took bows at the Hess Club as honorees at the Houston Morehouse Alumni Association's annual Father's Day Brunch fundraiser while mayoral candidate State Rep. Sylvester Turner moved the gathering to tears with remembrances of his father.

One of nine children, Turner recalled that his father, a Houston painter, taught his children the value of hard work and how to stand up for themselves.

The stylish gathering (many of the alumni wore the school's tailored maroon blazers, maroon and white bow ties and oxford shoes) was chaired by Morehouse grad Bryce Kennard with Comcast and Vernonville Asset Management providing sponsorship. The event raised funds for scholarships to Morehouse College, the all-male institution in Atlanta.

Recognized for their exemplary fatherhood were Tony Chase receiving the Dezra White Leadership Award; Eric R. Lyons receiving the Alvin Wardlaw Mentorship Award; Omar Reid receiving the Albert Price Sr. Community Service Award; Cedric Joubert, Distinguished Alumnus Award; James Robertson Jr., named Maroon Tiger Father of the Year.

The event included awarding Morehouse scholarships to two high school students and to two current students. They will join the ranks of distinguished Morehouse grads who include Martin Luther King Jr., film director Spike Lee, actor Samuel L. Jackson, Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses and former Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson.

Morehouse fans in the gathering included U.S. Rep. Al Green, Janice Reid,  LaToshia and Will Norwood, Ray Purser, Yolanda Green, Alvia Wardlaw, the Rev. Joseph Ratliff, Michael Pearson and Derrick Reed, Pearland city councilman and 2014 Maroon Tiger Father of the Year.