The African Diaspora World Tourism Awards
(ADWTA) is the first ever awards ceremony honoring trailblazers in the field of black culture and heritage as an influence on tourism. It is designed in appreciation of the service and dedication of key people from around the world who have significantly influenced world tourism and the exploration of the global places of black culture and heritage. The official African Diaspora World Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony will take place on SaturdayApril 27, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA at the Atlanta Airport Marriott. There will also be an evening with Bob Marley's Grands, featuring a film screening and live reggae music on Wednesday & Thursday as well as an Africana Extravaganza of cultural performances on Friday. A Travel Expo will take place on both Friday and Saturday. Don't miss it!
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African Diaspora World Tourism Awards respectfully dedicates its inaugural ceremony to the legendary late, great Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr.
(August 17,1887 - June 10,1940). The Jamaican-born Garvey was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, orator and a proponent of Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism. Founder of Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), part of his organization's purpose was to:"...unify the world's people of African ancestry into one great body." To encourage self-reliance, he founded the Negro Factories Corporation, which managed a chain of businesses that included restaurants, a hotel and the noted Black Star Line Steamship Corporation.
Garvey's Pan-African philosophy inspired a global mass movement and economic empowerment focusing on Africa known as Garveyism, which eventually inspired other movements such as the Civil Rights Movement and Rastafarian. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that Garvey was the first man of color to lead and develop a mass movement to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny. Allied groups inspired by Garveyism have included the Nation of Islam, the World African Diaspora Union and other African and Pan-African organizations. Today Garvey is an inspiration for a modern Black Cultural Heritage Movement. In appreciation of his work towards "uplifting his mighty race," African Diaspora World Tourism Awards salutes and pays tribute to the honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr.
African Diaspora World Tourism Awards (ADWTA) also pays tribute to Dr. John Henrik Clarke, a Pan-Africanist author, historian, professor and scholar. Dr. Clarke, who got his doctorate degree at the age of 78, was a pioneer in the creation of Africana studies and black cultural heritage organizations in the 1960's during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. One of the first to challenge academic historians to help shift the way black history was studied and taught, Dr. Clarke documented the histories and contributions of African peoples in Africa and the Diaspora using an Afrocentric perspective. He was a founder and first president of the African Heritage Studies Association and served as a founding member of several other black culture and heritage organizations. His writings have included six scholarly books and many scholarly articles. ADWTA would like to honor Dr. Clarke for being a bridge for modern day black cultural heritage scholars, educators, tourism professionals and enthusiasts.
African Diaspora World Tourism Awards
2013 Mistress of Ceremony
Monica Kaufman Pearson
A celebrated Atlanta news anchor, Monica Kaufman Pearson was the longest-running anchor in the market, working through seven presidencies, six Georgia governors and a near doubling of the state population. Referred to as the 'face' of the city by the Atlanta community and winner of 30 Emmys, she was the first black and first woman to anchor a 6 p.m. newscast in Atlanta, beating out Oprah Winfrey for the position. Joining Atlanta's WSB-TV in 1975, she recently retired after 37 years of service. For over 20 years, Pearson interviewed more than 170 celebrities in her prime time special "Monica's Close-ups." She received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) in 1986 and another from Oglethorpe University in 2007.
Pearson has received hundreds of awards and recognitions, including the Distinguished Service to Broadcasting Award by DiGamma Kappa Honorary Society at the University of Georgia. (Previous recipients of this award include Barbara Walters and Ed Bradley.) Jezebel Magazine named her "One of the 50 Most Beautiful Women" in 2003. The Georgia Commission of Women and Georgia Women of the Year elected Monica Kaufman as "2004 Georgia Woman of the Year," whose ranks include distinguished Georgia women like First Lady Rosalyn Carter. She is a member of many professional organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists, The National Association of Black Journalists; American Women in Radio and Television, The Atlanta Press Club, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television, Radio Artists. Pearson was the first black person and the second woman to serve as Chairman of the Metropolitan United Way, in 1988. A Life Member of the NAACP and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Pearson has served on the board of directors of various organizations including True Colors Theatre Company, the High Museum, and the Alliance Theatre.
African Diaspora World Tourism Awards will recognize trailblazers of this era, which we are calling the post- 60's or period after the Civil Rights Movement. These honorees that have made contributions from the 1970's until the present will be a part of our "Hall of Fame" and "Who's Who" tributes. Notables and professionals from these two categories to be further honored with awards include tour operators, heritage site administrators, cultural heritage scholars, festivals organizers, museums founders and directors, tourism executives, art gallery and cultural center founders and directors, ministers of tourism, governmental officials, association leaders, exhibitors, writers, publishers, preservationists, cultural artists.
The African Diaspora World Tourism Awards will be a two-day event with the addition of the Africana Extravaganza and Travel Expo. Headlining the Africana Extravaganza is Ron Bobb-Semple who will do a re-enactment of Marcus Garvey. This cultural event will also include dance performances, singers and musicians. The Travel Expo will showcase tourism destinations and products related to travel and the hospitality industry. Tourism and hospitality professionals and experts will be available to share information and answer questions. Attendees will get to sample authentic African, Southern and Caribbean cuisine, enjoy entertainment and indulge in artistic activities throughout the week-end. The two-day event promises cultural experiences that you don't want to miss!