The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) and the Project to Preserve African American Turf History is getting into the Derby spirit by hosting their 2nd Annual Isaac Murphy Image Awards. The event will be held on Derby night at KCAAH. This year's lifetime achievement award recipient is actor and humanitarian Danny Glover. He is well known for his roles in The Color Purple, Predator 2, Witness, Lethal Weapon series and Angels in the Outfield. He's currently in the television series "Touch" where he plays Professor Arthur Teller. Glover has appeared in many films, television shows, and theatrical productions. Glover is the co-founder of the Robey Theatre Company based in Los Angeles, which focuses on theatre by and about African Americans. The main reason for the honor on Derby night: his tireless efforts as a political activist. Glover has been a long supporter of fair wages, civil rights and the United Farm Workers movement.
Other honorees at this year's gala include: Alice K. Houston, Dr. M. Christopher Brown II and Angel McCoughtry.
The award is named after Kentucky native Isaac Murphy, son of a former slave, was the first jockey to win three Kentucky Derbys. He's considered by many in horse racing as one of the greatest jockeys of all-time starting his career at the young age of 14. Murphy broke records in his career. In 1884, he won the Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky Derby and The Clark Handicap all in the same year. Isaac Murphy was the first jockey to be inducted into horseracing's Hall of Fame in 1955.
Proceeds from the event benefit The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and the Project to Preserve African American Turf History. For more information go to www.kcaah.org.
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