At two major events during this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Weekend events in Washington, Cathy Hughes, the Founder and Chairperson of the Board of Radio One, received two of the top honors during the weekend’s events. On Friday, September 26th, Hughes was honored by The Black Women’s Agenda, a national collaborative organization of some of the top African-American women’s organizations in the country, including Black Sororities, The Links, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Jack and Jill and several women’s organizations of major Black religious denominations. Cathy Hughes received the Black Women’s Agenda’s Business and Economic Award. Others honored in past years with this honor have been outstanding African-American leaders and pioneers as Condoleezza Rice, Maya Angelou and Dorothy Height. The next evening, Saturday, September 27th, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) honored Cathy Hughes with its coveted Phoenix Award at their annual Gala. President Barack Obama addressed gala attendees and Hughes, along with CBCF’s other Phoenix Award honorees – the legendary Muhammad Ali; editor, writer and producer Susan L. Taylor; civil rights leader Wade Henderson and businessman Robert L. Wright, Jr. The CBCF Phoenix Awards are annually presented to individuals whose work and
accomplishments stand as a role model for African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Monday, September 29th, the entire Radio One/TV One and Interactive One organization celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of our Founder with Cathy Hughes Day. Three years ago, Hughes made her first visit to Indianapolis since Radio One acquired AM1310 The Light and our other Indy sister stations in 2000 and 2001, when she attended the Centennial Convention of Kappa Alpha Psi in July 2011. Afternoons with Amos was honored to sit down in an extended live interview with Hughes where she talked about her career and passions. Including her love and devotion for the Piney Woods School, the legendary Black boarding school once run by Hughes’ grandfather. The interview also talked about Hughes’ work as Chair of the Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities and her passion for Black radio and Black media. On this special occasion of national honors for Radio One’s Founder, we’re honored to share with you that interview. Click the Media Player for the Afternoons with Amos Interview with Cathy Hughes From July 6, 2011. Runs 33 Minutes. ©2011,2014 WTLC/Radio One.