Skip to main content

AHERN Daps Awards recognizes Distinguished African American pastors, professionals, students, businesses, and ministries. ADA also hosts AHERN Hall of Legacy Inductions and the H R Mills Black Cultural Awards.


AHERN Daps Awards
AHERN Daps Awards

Initiated in 2009, AHERN Daps Awards recognizes Black pastors, students, professionals, businesses, and ministries from a list of candidates submitted each month by individuals, AHERN Board of Directors, and AHERN Magazine Staff.

The Daps Awards is a formal/black-tie event held each year in different cities throughout East Tennessee.

The pastor and professional of the month must have served in their professional at least 3 years. Student of the month must be a high school senior, college freshman or sophomore. 

Each candidate is selected on a 5 point grade scale in the following category

  • Community Involvement
  • Church Involvement
  • School Involvement
  • Organization Affiliations
  • Academic Achievement

Make sure their biography includes as much info from the above criteria.  Submit info to

Mrs. Vivian M. Releford, Chair, AHERN Daps Awards

AHERN Hall of Legacy
AHERN Hall of Legacy

Initiated in 2017, AHERN African American Hall of Legacy is to honor African American centerians and our past and present African American trailblazers.

Individuals will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Integrity as an individual
  • Commitment to their profession
  • Church and community involvement
  • Their promotion and involvement in civil rights
  • Individuals who have reached the century mark
  • A pastor who has pastored the same church for 50+ years
  • A President or CEO of a company that promotes and is involved in civil rights.

Pastors and Professionals will become eligible 3 years after their retirement.

Nomination can be made by submitting a name and the above information to

AHERN Hall of Legacy will be on display for one month in a church or library.

Rev. Pamela L. Hoard, Chair, AHERN Hall of Legacy

H R Mills Black Cultural Award
H R Mills Black Cultural Award

Initiated in 2019, the H R Mills Black Cultural award is presented to a Black individual or organization who has taken the initiative to preserve the culture and history of their community.

Nomination can be made by submitting a individual name or organization to

This award is named after AHERN founder-president, Rev. H. Roger Mills, Jr.

7845 Stagecoach Road
Whitesburg, TN 37891-9112
423-231-0179 |

Copyright (c) 2016, AHERN, INC. 
All rights reserved.