Mayor Brown honors African-American pioneers at City Hall event

Published On: Feb 27 2014 10:06:06 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 28 2014 11:20:24 AM EST

They broke the barriers of race with their professions, and on Thursday, Mayor Alvin Brown honored their achievements.

Athletes, educators, doctors and a diplomat were among 14 local African-Americans who received the Mayor's Trailblazer award.

The event was held at City Hall. Channel 4's Melanie Lawson was there to present the awards.

She and Mayor Brown both delivered passionate speeches about those who paved the way for African-Americans to be successful in business, education and public policy.

Urban Trust Bank is a sponsor of the awards ceremony.

Here is a complete list of award recipients: