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The 13th Annual Daps Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM at the Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN. I will announe the honorees, speaker, soloist and ticket cost in August 2022

AHERN, INCORPORATED Holds 12th Annual Daps Awards

Photo by Dennis Johnson

AHERN, INCORPORATED Holds 12th Annual Daps Awards

By Vivian Shipe, AHERN Reporter / 1-3-2022

Daps Awards Chair, Mrs. Vivian Releford, was presented with a bouquet of roses during AHERN’s 12th Annual Daps Award ceremony by President H.R. Mills for her steadfast commitment to AHERN.

KNOXVILLE, TN- The evening was very special. People traveled by cars and vans to attend the 12th Annual Distinguished African American Professional and Student Awards (DAPS). The awards banquet was held on the first Saturday of December. The event was held at the Bearden Banquet Hall in Knoxville, along with the fourth Annual African American Hall of Legacy, and the H.R. Mills Black Cultural Awards.

AHERN Magazine, which is distributed across Tennessee and 15 states, has a mission of reaching outside one community and touching other communities. During the banquet, the magazine recognized several individuals and organizations.

Businesses of the Year went to Dockery-Senter Funeral Home in Morristown, TN and Jarnigan & Son Mortuary in Knoxville, TN. Jarnigan's was also recognized as the oldest business in Knoxville, with over 135 years of service.

Ministry of the Year went to The Faith Leaders Church Initiative, Knoxville, TN (Cynthia Finch and Gwen McKenzie, co-founders) for vaccinating over 60,000 people of color. The Director of the Year was presented to Reverend Dr. Harold Middlebrook. Reverend Dr. Kenneth Calvert, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN was recognized as Pastor of the Year 

The student of the Year award was presented to Kyniya Hutchinson, from Austin East High School in Knoxville. The Education award went to University of Tennessee  Community Diversity and Relations Chair, Tyvi Small. The H R Mills Black Culture Award was presented to two organizations, the Douglass Alumni Association in Kingsport and Reunion of The Ages, in Morristown.  The Reporter of the Year award went to Vivian Shipe, AHERN's Knoxville reporter.

Hallerin Hilton Hill, keynote speaker, spoke about hope becoming a habit which was well received by those in attendance.


AHERN, Incorporated operates as an African American communication ministry that highlights the achievements and news of African Americans in East Tennessee, Southeast Virginia, and the nation.

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