Legends and Legacies
Legends and Legacies pays tribute to local, regional, and national individuals who have shown a commitment to freedom through social justice, human rights, cultural democracy, artistic excellence, and service. Their actions have influenced and impacted their community, city, state, and beyond through philanthropy, commitment to community, policy development, service, leadership, preservation, creativity, and vision.
Congresswoman Beatty currently represents the 3rd District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. She previously served five terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, where she became the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history. Attorney Otto Beatty, Jr. served for eighteen years in the Ohio General Assembly and is the former president of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a tireless advocate for children, families, and consumers.
Dr. Drake was appointed the 15th President of The Ohio State University in 2014. An experienced leader, Dr. Drake has shared a compelling vision for the university to continue its ascent in the national rankings while focusing on greater access, affordability and inclusive excellence. A physician by training, Dr. Drake has provided exceptional leadership to the university community, and to higher education nationally.
After a career as a lawyer and as a director or trustee of organizations focused on education, international health, finance, civil rights and the arts, Mrs. Drake now serves Ohio State through advocacy and engagement on campus, in Columbus and throughout the country.
Together, the Drakes are talented, dynamic leaders whose dedication to Ohio State and the community will have an enormous impact for years to come.
It is indisputable that Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s achievement in his 16 years’ tenure has benefited most of community members in Columbus: projects in downtown area have revitalized King Lincoln District, Near East Side and Franklinton; and recent community development of American Addition area increases the number of beneficiaries in Columbus.
As Columbus Museum of Art CEO Nanette Maciejunes referred in the Award Ceremony, “Showing up is the best support.” Mayor B. Coleman has been active in almost every community events, from museum receptions, tie tying ceremony to small business conference and Columbus Marathon. His efforts have left us a healthier community environment encouraging everyone to participate in making Columbus a better home for future generations.
- This year’s honoree will be Wil Haygood – Author, Reporter, and Biographer
- Denny Griffith – Artist and Educator
The King Arts Complex will celebrate the 6th Annual Legends & Legacies Awards, "Living Legends of the Skies: The Tuskegee Airmen". This year's honorees will be eight Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen from Ohio. These individuals are the heroes and pioneers of equality that triumphed over adversity and rose above obstacles. We are proud to honor their bravery and accomplishments!
- Thomas Austin
- Harold Brown
- Hilton Carter, Jr.
- Donald E. Elder
- Charles Feaster
- Robert L. Harvey, Sr.
- John Leahr
- Paul Menefield
- Charles I. Williams
- Loann Crane
- Robert Duncan
- Donald Harris
- Lynn Greer
- Archie Griffin
- Is Said
- Larry James
- Kojo Kamau
- Cathe Kobacker
- Doug Kridler
- Amos Lynch
- Robert Lazarus
- Wayne Lawson
- Mary McClendon
- William & Florence Richardson
- Cliff Tyree
- Aminah Robinson
- Gene Walker
- Terri Springer Walker
- Ric Wanetik
- John B. Williams
- Jeanette Williams
- Tony & Aziza West
- Catherine Willis
- Maya Angelou – Writer, Poet, Educator, Actress, and Civil Rights Activist
- Halroy “Hal” Williams – Actor
- Bernard Terry – Athlete, Artist, and Actor
- Samella Sanders Lewis – Artist, Educator, Art Historian, and Writer
- Lerone Bennett, Jr. – Author and Historian
- Johnnetta B. Cole – Cultural Anthropologist
- Danny Glover – Actor, Director, and Producer
- James Counts Early – Equal Rights Advocate
- Harry Belafonte – Musician and Actor
- Nikki Giovanni – Writer and Poet
- Ruby Dee – Actress
- Mari Evans – Writer and Poet
- Sonia Sanchez – Writer and Poet
- Val Gray Ward – Theatre Personality and Activist
- Odetta – “Queen of American Folk Music”