December 10, 2012 in the St. Louis American
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commission of Missouri will host its 27th annual kick-off program on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. Harris-Stowe State University’s Main Auditorium. Founder, president, CEO and executive producer of the Trumpet Awards Foundation Xernona Clayton will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, which is themed, “Women Who Dare to Dream.”
Established in 1993 by Turner Broadcasting, The Trumpet Awards is a prestigious event highlighting African American accomplishments and contributions. It has been televised annually and distributed internationally to more than 185 countries around the world. Xernona Clayton was employed at Turner Broadcasting for nearly 30 years where she served as a corporate executive and was one of the highest-ranking female employees at the company. In 1988, Clayton was appointed corporate vice president for urban affairs with Turner Broadcasting System Inc., a capacity in which she directed internal and external projects for the corporation and served as liaison between Turner Broadcasting (TBS SuperStation, CNN, Headline News, TNT, Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks) and civic groups in Atlanta and throughout the country.