Recipient of the Corporate Citizenship Award, presented by the Committee for Economic Development. Honorary life chairman and former national chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

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Received the Leadership Memphis Community Leadership 2000 Award, the 2003 Master Entrepreneur Award of the Society of Entrepreneurs and Junior Achievement of Memphis, the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center City Commission, and the Kether Shem Tov Award from the Orthodox Union, one of the highest honors bestowed upon members of the worldwide Jewish community.

AL GREENLured to Memphis from his native Forrest City, Arkansas, by producer Willie Mitchell in the 1970s and racked up seven top-10 soul hits in a three-year stretch, since selling more than 20 million records.

Every year our staff faces one of its toughest challenges — looking back at the events of the past year and selecting those Memphians who played the largest role in our city’s present and future.

It is no easy task narrowing the list down to 100 or so.

In 2008 performed with the National Symphony Orchestra on the west lawn of the U. The 1996 recipient of the American Business Ethics Award.

In 1997, founding chairman of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission. Pace Award for Leadership in Ethics, from the Ethics Resource Center. First chairman of the ethics committee of the board of governors of United Way of America.Turned to gospel music after a religious conversion in 1973. Member of the Rock-and-Roll, Gospel, and Songwriters Halls of Fame.Became an ordained preacher and founded the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Whitehaven, where he serves as pastor. In 2003, had albums listed in , with production from drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson of famed hip-hop band The Roots.In 2009, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards, and was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.Came to Memphis in the 1950s to record for Sun Studios.