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Gladys Knight receives 365Black award

July 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

NEW ORLEANS, July 7 (UPI) -- Singer Gladys Knight was among those honored at the 10th annual 365Black Awards at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, organizers said.

Supermodel Beverly Johnson, education leader Steve Perry, executive vice president of the Chicago White Sox Kenny Williams, McDonald's owner/operator Roland Parrish, teen entrepreneur Leanna Archer and youth environmentalist Charles Orgbon also received awards Saturday night, the 365Black organization said in a news release.

The awards, launched in 2003, were started to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans.

"It is an honor to be recognized alongside these remarkable individuals," said Knight. "By lending a hand to others, we can all help create environments of strength and compassion that enrich our neighborhoods, regardless of who we are or where we live."

Saturday night's event was hosted by actress Taraji P. Henson, and actors Jay Ellis, Omari Hardwick and Robinne Lee, and singers LeToya Luckett and Brandy were on hand to present awards.

Comedian Jonathan Slocumb opened the show and musicians Erica Campbell, Estelle, Angie Stone, Jordin Sparks and Yolanda Adams performed, the release said.

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