Carl Davis, Houston :: a Gospel music advocate and chair of the Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation, led the eighth annual “Evolution of Gospel” celebration last fall at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., along with alumnus Chris Spellmon (’81).
The event commemorates the month of September as Gospel Music Heritage Month and honors Gospel music greats and supporters. The 2016 honorees were composer, producer and vocalist Edwin Hawkins; Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and choir leader Bishop Hezekiah Walker; and philanthropist and Kennedy Center trustee Reginald Van Lee. The foundation also paid tribute to North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield.
Pictured from left are foundation supporters and honorees: Harold Watson, Catherine Dorsey, Davis, Walker, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Jazzy Jordan, Van Lee, Hawkins, producer Ernest Washington, Diane Prince, Spellmon and Ron Magnus.