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AHERN DAPS Awards recognized Distinguished African American Pastors, Professionals, Teachers, Students and Ministries of the month from a list of candidates submitted each month by individuals, AHERN Board of Directors or AHERN Magazine Staff.

The DAPS Awards (Distinguished African American Professional and Student) is a formal/black tie event held each year in different cities throughout East Tennessee.

The pastor, professional and teacher 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 candidates is selected on a 5 point grade scale in each category below:

  • 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, Vice-Chair, AHERN DAPS AWARD

AHERN Canceled 2020 DAPS Awards
The 2020 AHERN DAPS Awards has being canceled due to COVID-19.  We look forward to seeing you next Nov. 2021 in Knoxville, TN.

We will begin acceptant nominees for pastor, minister, professional, teacher, student and ministry of the month January 2021.

AHERN 2019 Distinguished African Americans

Board of Directors Co-Directors
Reverend Dr. C. H. Charlton
Rev. Pamela L. Hoard

AHERN Magazine Reporter
Tammi H. McGowan

Distinguished African Americans
Reverend Dr. Renee' Kesler, Minister
Chief Deputy Derrick Woods, Professional
Karla Mills, Teacher
Destiny Minniefield, Student
Kitchen of Hope, Ministry

H R Mills Black Cultural Award
Appalachian African American Cultural Center

Green McDoo Cultural Center

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