DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - For the first time, The Detroit Chapter of National Association of Black Journalists is honoring African American journalists with an award in the name of late great photographer Hugh Grannum.
The photo auction and awards presentation is sponsored by Wayne County Community College District and is being held at the Double Tree Hilton Fort Shelby Downtown Detroit.
More than $5,000 in scholarship money from the auction will go to journalism students.
Once Rosa Parks personal photographer, who has captured the images of Nelson Mandela, President Barak Obama and more, Monica Morgan received the 1st Hugh Grannum award. She accepted alongside Grannum's widow and other family.
Honorees include late editor of the Detroit Free Press Bob McGruder who was one of the nations greatest advocates for diversity in American newspapers and the late great WJR radio reporter Bill Black who was among the 1st African Americans in mainstream radio.
Hugh Grannum was an outstanding photographer and mentor who passed away from leukemia and complications from a kidney transplant in January at the age of 72. He worked at the Detroit Free Press for 37 years capturing the grace and beauty of Detroit residents, won numerous awards, and spent much time mentoring young journalists.
WXYZ TV-7 is proud to join those supporting this inaugural event.
Anchor/Reporter Glenda Lewis served as Mistress of Ceremonies.