HOUSTON -- The 8th annual Beacon Awards luncheon took place on Friday, May 30, 2014 at the Hilton Americas Hotel.
The awards were given to individuals who represent the spirit of the civil rights movement.
Football star and actor Jim Brown was honored with the Beacon of Hope.
"What greater deed can you do than to deal with freedom, equality and justice of all human beings, and be in a country that can lead the way,” said Brown. “So for me to be here is a tremendous honor."
Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown was honored with the Beacon of Change.
“Where we are there is debate all over the place, but we have a black president so we must have come somewhere,” said Gordy.
The MLB Association, as well as the Houston Astros and efforts from the city of Houston was praised for their efforts to diversify the league. Hank Arend and Frank Robinson, both Hall of Fame baseball players were also recognized at the event.
Maya Angelou was honored with the Beacon of Life; due to her passing, Good Morning America co-host and keynote speaker Robin Roberts accepted the award on her behalf.
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