Isaac Murphy Image Awards: Kentucky Derby 2012 at it’s finest

Louisville, Kentucky takes on a different vibe during the Kentucky Derby festivities. Fancy shindigs, celebrities, fabulous food and drinks — it’s quite the party! A must see and do experience, if you ask me. And the 2012 Derby season, like most others, didn’t disappoint. I had the awesome opportunity of attending the Isaac Murphy Image Awards held at the beautiful Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. An amazing night!

Business Award recipient – Alice K. Houston

Education Award recipient – Dr. Christopher Brown – Alcorn State University

Aside from the fancy dresses, amazing music and great conversations — I bumped into the quite dapperly dressed Danny Glover, the evening’s lifetime achievement award recipient. And what’s even better, he was kind enough to pose for a photo. Glover’s acceptance speech was quite thought-provoking. He poignantly discussed where African Americans have been, what we’ve overcome, and where we’re going — interweaving it with notes of the indelible mark made by Isaac Murphy, a black jockey and the first to win THREE Kentucky Derby’s. Glover kept it light with a joke here and there, which is always nice.

I’m honored to have been a part of the event, courtesy of an fabulous friend of mine (pictured with Mr. Glover), and plan to make it a part of my Kentucky Derby tradition going forward.

Danny Glover chats with Mary J. Blige

Photo Credit: Courier Journal


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