The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and greater Philadelphia’s largest newspaper serving the African-American community, honored over 150 regional movers and shakers at its annual “Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans” during its private reception and awards program on Thursday evening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The event co-emcees, Cherri Gregg of KYW News Radio and the Rev. Marshall Mitchell, pastor of Salem Baptist Church, introduced Tribune President and CEO Robert W. Bogle to welcome the 300 guests in attendance.

“As I look out and see so many familiar faces and people who make me feel good about being an organization whose mission is to provide news and information that reflects the African-American experience,” Bogle said. “And, nothing can be more important to me as it relate to my time having worked at The Tribune, which is a number of years. More importantly, those of you who have come to night to share this experience, I am grateful to you.”

The expansive list of local African-American influencers has been documented in a special Tribune supplement for over a decade.

“We are all here to celebrate The Tribune and the honorees tonight,” said Ebonee Ruffins, Vice President Local Media Development, Comcast.

“All too often, too many of us have our heads down, trying to do our work, on the job or in our communities, but tonight the Philadelphia Tribune has organized a moment for us to come together to lift our heads up; to take pause and acknowledge your achievements; what you’ve accomplished and how your influence came to be,” she added. “There are generations of elders ﹘ I saw Miss Trudy Haynes, Charisse Lilly and Joan Myers Brown ﹘ so many people who have sacrificed and made it possible for the young people to stand before you. Many of the young people are counting on us and people who are not in the room tonight.

“Through our deeds, good works and influence, they need us to guide and make the path more level; to give them a chance to achieve and to make a difference in whatever field they choose,” Ruffins said.

Sunday, Sept. 16, The Tribune will publish a special edition of Tribune Magazine, featuring the list of individuals who have made an impact throughout the region. The list includes elected officials, education leaders, businesspersons, community activists and labor leaders, which includes the “Most Influential,” “10 People Under 40 to Watch,” “Movers & Shakers” and “Leaders.”

bbooker@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5749

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