Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin: The Kentucky Derby is just a couple of weeks away but I can definitely see its going to be a star studded weekend. The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) and the Project to Preserve African American Turf History, (PPAATH) brings a real Hollywood powerhouse to their 3rd Annual Isaac Murphy Image Awards. Isaac Murphy, the son of a former slave was the first jockey ever to win three Kentucky Derbies. Many historians consider Murphy the greatest jockey of all time.
The 3rd Annual Isaac Murphy Image Awards announce this year's Lifetime Achievement for Entertainment award recipient. It's Academy Award Nominee Angela Bassett. She has a long list of notable roles as Dr. Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X in Spike Lee's Malcolm X movie and her role as Tina Turner in the What's Love Got to Do With It. Bassett has played in other films like How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Akeelah and the Bee.
Also, that evening there will be other community and business leaders honored. In business, Mr. Winston Pittman, Sr of Pittman Enterprise will be honored. Dr. Mary Evans Sias, President of Kentucky State University will be honored for her leadership in education. In sports, they will recognize Doug Williams. He's the only African American quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl. The former Washington Redskin was also Super Bowl 22 MVP.
The event will be held on Derby night, May 4th at 7 p.m. at KCAAH located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. For additional information and/or to purchase tickets call 502-583-4100.
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