Bishop Victor T. Curry receives the “Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Award”

Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker | 4/24/2014, 9 a.m.
Bishop Curry, Southeast Director for National Action Network and Senior Pastor New Birth Baptist Church, Miami Receives “Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Award.” PRNewsFoto/Bishop Victor T. Curry, New Birth Baptist Church

Visionary, social activist and influential religious leader Bishop Victor T. Curry was presented the Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker award at the 16th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards held at the 16th annual National Action Network Convention (NAN) in New York City. The event is held annually in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's death. The award also honors those who are dedicated to fairness, racial harmony and principles that reflect Dr. Martin Luther King's values of non-violence.

The event was co-hosted by Reverend Al Sharpton and talk show host Wendy Williams. The guest speaker of the night was U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Curry is the founder and senior pastor of the New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International in Miami. He is also the pastor of the St. Ruth Missionary Baptist Church in Dania Beach, Florida which has over 13,000 members and 80 ministries collectively. The award was established in recognition of pastor, theologian, civil rights leader Dr. Wyatt T. Walker, known as the "Harlem's Renaissance Man" for his various talents and careers.

The highlight of the evening came when Reverend Doctor W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of NAN presented Bishop Curry the award. Curry began his speech with "To God Be the Glory" and shared a personal story of his days as a dishwasher at a Denny's restaurant. Curry said his boss once told him that he was the best dishwasher Denny's ever had. Curry then shared that he was inspired to be the best dishwasher after learning of Dr. King's life. He encouraged the audience to dedicate themselves to their work to inspire others.

Bishop Curry's extended ministerial portfolio includes The New Birth Broad Casting Corporation and the stellar award-winning WMBM/AM 1490, the only 24/hour gospel media outlet in South Florida, that reaches more that 1.5 million listeners in Key West, South Florida and The Bahamas. President and founder of the National Action Network, Reverend Al Sharpton appointed Bishop Curry as the Southeast Regional Director in 2013.

As the president and general manager of WMBM, Curry's "Tuesday Talk" radio show that keeps people informed on such issues as politics, youth, the Stand Your Ground Law and other issues that affect the Black community.