Since 2009, Regions Bank has honored and celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans through its annual History in Motion award and reception.
“Their examples continue to inspire us as we face new challenges in our country and communities with hope and optimism,” said Leroy Abrahams, head of Community Affairs for Regions Bank.
While the pandemic and social distancing requirements prevent Regions from holding this annual event in 2021, we’d like you to join us and take a few minutes to look at our past honorees, some of whom are no longer with us.
Judge U.W. Clemon (2009) – Former U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
Dr. Bernice King (2010) – Minister and youngest child of Civil Rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
Dr. Richard Arrington Jr. (2011) – First Black Mayor of Birmingham and a published author.
Odessa Woolfolk (2012) – Educator, community activist and founding president of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Dr. Jesse J. Lewis Jr. (2013) – Businessman, entrepreneur and founder of The Birmingham Times.
Dr. Shelley Stewart (2014) – Media executive, radio personality, philanthropist and author.
Bishop Calvin Woods Sr. (2015) – Pastor and Civil Rights activist.
Congressman John Lewis (2016) – American politician, statesman and Civil Rights activist.
Rev. Dr. Erskine Faush Sr. (2017) – Preacher, broadcaster and radio station owner.
Judge Helen Shores Lee (2018) – Clinical psychologist, attorney and judge on the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama.
Diversity Advisory Council Members (2019) – John Hudson, Isabel Rubio, Dr. Bernice King, Dr. George French and Lamell McMorris.
Dr. Freeman Hrawboski (2020) – President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.