GRIOT AWARD RECIPIENTS
1. a member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition
of oral history in parts of West Africa.
The Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail annually awards an individual or entity who has carried on the tradition of passing on our culture and heritage with the Griot Award. This is a heralded title to be bestowed upon those elders who keep history alive for the generations to come
Major Margaret Wrinkle - 2013
Margaret Wrinkle is an American writer and documentary film maker. She is known for her 2013 novel, Wash, which was a fiction runner-up for the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and for co-creating the 1996 documentary broken/ground.
Martha Reeves - 2016
Martha Rose Reeves is an American R&B and pop singer. She is the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas which scored over a dozen hit singles, including "Come and Get These Memories", "Nowhere to Run", "Heat Wave", "Jimmy Mack", and their signature "Dancing in the Street". From 2005 until 2009, Reeves served as an elected council woman for the city of Detroit, Michigan.
Marine Corps Major General
J. Gary Cooper - 2017
Jerome Gary Cooper is a former officer of the United States Marine Corps who served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) from 1989 to 1992, and as United States Ambassador to Jamaica from 1994 to 1997.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
Cynthia Tucker - 2018
Cynthia Tucker is an American journalist whose weekly column is syndicated by Universal Uclick. She received a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007 for her work at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she served as editorial page editor. She was also a Pulitzer finalist in 2004 and 2006.
NFL Hall of Fame
Robert Brazile - 2019
Robert Lorenzo Brazile Jr. is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League. After retiring from the NFL, Robert went from 'Dr. Doom' to special ed teacher. Brazile played from 1975 to 1984 for the Houston Oilers and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.