Y’all know I like to research things. The Internet can suck me down a rabbit hole and that has happened today. I doubt you guys will find this very interesting, but it is this or recap Leann & Eddie, or Don’t Be Tardy, or It’s All Relative and I am watching a marathon of Joan of Arcadia to sort of forget about all of those recaps looming. It’s a post about Phaedra, and not about Phaedra. It’s a bunch of questions and no answers. But I spent a lot of time researching it so I need y’all to either read all of this, or go read a couple other posts again because I am being slack today.
So once upon a time in 1925, the National Bar Association (NBA) is the nation’s oldest and largest association of African-American lawyers and judges was formed. Last weekend, the NBA held it’s 89th Annual Convention in downtown Atlanta. Side note: this is more of a fraternal organization it is not “the bar association” that would be the American Bar Association. At this national convention it appears more than one attendee won a Mayor Maynard Jackson Legacy Award. Let’s try to figure out who won the awards, shall we?
On July 24th, popular Atlanta radio station V-103 ran an article announcing Judge Hatchett as the recipient of the award. By, the way, Mayor Jackson was a popular Atlanta Mayor. It can be assumed the award will go to a lawyer in the Atlanta Chapter of the NBA. The article below was removed from the website at some point. But through the magic of cached pages, I can reprint it here for you.
Judge Hatchett to be honored with the Maynard H. Jackson, Jr., Legacy Award (the “Jackson Award”) from the National Bar Association
Atlanta, Ga, July 23, 2014: Judge Hatchett was recently selected by the National Bar Association as the recipient of the prestigious Maynard H. Jackson, Jr., Legacy Award (the “Jackson Award”). Judge Hatchett was selected due to her 30+ years of esteemed work serving the needs of people and the community as a corporate lawyer, judge, author, and advocate. She will be awarded Monday, July 28th during the White Affair located at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, beginning at 7:00pm. President Bill Clinton will give the keynote address.
The Jackson Award: Presented to an honoree for empowering the future and providing leadership of communities as did the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. (late Mayor of Atlanta. GA).
Judge Hatchett Statement: “Maynard Holbrook Jackson was and will be throughout all times MY MAYOR because he epitomized what an urban city mayor should be to citizens. His contributions continue to resonate in the lives of people in Atlanta and throughout the nation. I am enormously blessed to be a beneficiary of his magnificent presence.”
-Judge Glenda Hatchett-
Well that settles it right? Judge Hatchett got the award. the end. Wait what? President Clinton is the Keynote Speaker? They couldn’t afford Bill Clinton even if he was interested in speaking. Bill Clinton is focused of saving the rainforests in Indonesia at the moment. (I’m not kidding). Bill was not in the ATL. And there is no mention anywhere else on the Internet about Judge Hatchett winning this award.
So let’s see who the website for the NBA says won the Jackson award, shall we?
Announces 2014 Maynard Jackson Legacy Awardee
National Bar Association Announces 2014 Maynard Jackson Legacy Awardee
WASHINGTON, DC — The National Bar Association announced today the 2014 Maynard Jackson Legacy Awardee, Justin G. Tanner.
Justin G. Tanner currently serves as an appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he works to assist thousands of small businesses throughout the country with various government contracting and business development initiatives.
“Mr. Tanner has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the City of Atlanta and embodies the leadership, spirit, dedication, tenacity and vision of the late Maynard Holbrook Jackson. We are honored to recognize him with the Maynard Jackson Legacy Award” said National Bar President, Patricia Rosier.
Civically, Justin is very passionate about the community and has a heart for service. He spends his spare time mentoring youth, working with non-profits, and speaking to others. In the past, he has participated as a mentor for the ATL Reads, Inc. program – helping to develop literacy skills and to the inner-workings of the Atlanta Mayor’s Office by coordinating Boys Speak Out, Inc.’s annual “Mayor for a Day” program. He has served on the Board for The Scholarship Academy, Inc., and also served as an Advisory Board member of Boys Speak Out, Inc. and Covenant Community, Inc. He also currently serves as an Ambassador for New Leaders Council (NLC)’s National Strategic Advisory Board.
Mr. Tanner holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School where he was President of the Entertainment & Sports Law Society (ESLS) and a B.B.A. in Marketing from Howard University, where he graduated magna cum laude. While matriculating at Howard, he participated in the School of Business’ Executive Leadership Honors Program. He also became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Chapter. He is currently a member of Cascade United Methodist Church in Southwest, Atlanta.
Mr. Tanner will be honored during the National Bar Association’s Trailblazers Under 40 gala during the 89th Annual Convention in Atlanta.
So it’s official. Justin G. Tanner is the winner. YAY! Now we know! The end. Not so fast!.
Phaedra Parks on her website says she would be getting an award, but no mention of what the award was. She never mentioned it on Twitter until the NBA tweeted ”
@nationalbar: @PhaedraParks receives Maynard Jackson Jr. Legacy Award. Congratulations for her service & commitment to legal work.”Thnx”
Thnx? That’s it? No tweet back about what an honor it was? So I go to @nationalbar’s twitter account to see if they tweeted to Judge Hatchett or Justin G Tanner. NOPE. But at peek at Justin’s twitter shows this tweet from an attendee ☆Colg8smile☆
@colg8smile 7h @nationalbar Trailblazer @JustinGTanner w/ @KasimReed. Both honored at #NBA89AC w/ Maynard H Jackson, Jr Legacy Award”
So Justin G Tanner, an appointee of the Obama administration, and Kasim Reed, and Phaedra Parks all won the Maynard Jackson Legacy Award? One of these things is not like the other.
I just find this all very interesting. Phaedra has been very close with Mayor Reed for a while. Does this seem odd to anyone else?