But other Triumph Awards honorees are just as accomplished in their respective industries. The Coca-Cola Company’s SVP Ingrid Saunders Jones and Star Wars mastermind/ Red Tails director George Lucas were also also honored for their considerable contributions to the culture. Samuel L. Jackson who starred in Lucas’ Star Wars prequel, offered a poignant tribute to Lucas, while Judge Greg Mathis looked on with other dignitaries and celebrities as Marva Smalls presented Jones with the Triumph Award . And as has been Saunder Jones mission as chair of the Coca-Cola foundation stressed the importance of giving, from education to the Essence festival.

Munson Steed

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