Monday, December 15, 2008

The Rev. Enoch Fuzz remains master of bringing sides together for common cause, celebration

My mentor, the Rev. Enoch Fuzz, is the master of building coalitions across races, politics and faiths to do the incredible

And he has set up quite a celebration of diversity in Nashville to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the need for people locally to work together.

Fuzz took some tough criticism a few years ago for working with white ministers to bring the Rev. Billy Graham to Nashville for a final crusade. But he stood to his sturdy principles. And now, a lot of his critics have seen he was right, despite Graham's lack of vocal support for the Civil Rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s.

The pastor of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church has quite a diverse group assembled below to celebrate Obama's election. And I am proud and humbled to serve as one of the 44 hosts recruited.

Here is his press release:

The Music City

USA President Inauguration Day Ball

Tuesday January 20, 2009


Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

Rosa Parks Blvd.

Nashville, Tennessee

On the morning of January 20, 2009 Barack Obama will take the oath of office as America's 44th president.

Listings number hundreds of traditional events in and around the nation's capital in honor of the new president on Inauguration Day.

But outside the overcrowded nation's capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, a "Host Committee of 44" people are supporting The Music City "USA President's Inaugural Day Ball".

The Nashville Inaugural Ball is spearheaded by longtime Nashville pastor, the Reverend Enoch Fuzz. The "Host Committee of 44" consist of some of the community's most notable persons including:

Davidson County Sheriff Darren Hall, Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors, Gospel Music Icon Dr. Bobby Jones, Criminal Court Judge Monty Watkins, Award winning newspaper journalist Tim Chavez, Metro Parks Director Roy Wilson, attorney Linda Jones, Metro School Board Members; Karen Johnson and Mark North, acting Schools Director Chris Henson, Metro Council At Large Member Megan Barry, the Reverend Edwin Sanders, Rev. Dr. ray Richardson and former Dean of TSU School of Engineering Dr Ed Isibor.

And some who did not vote for Obama -- but feel it is now in the best interest of our city and nation to work together and hopes for the new president to have success -- include several former Metro Council members, business owners and community volunteers.

Successful Nashville business owner, Carol Jenkins of Priority Hospice and the New Hope Foundation has signed on her company as a major sponsor of the event. Jenkins who served on President Bush's Small Business Advisory Council volunteered her company's support when asked to serve on the Host Committee of 44 saying:

"I feel this is an effective way to create positive opportunities in our community."

The proceeds from the Music City USA President's Inaugural Ball will be donated to twenty one selected nonprofit community organizations and programs. Some of the groups that will recieve $1,000 or more are:

Northwest YMCA, Maplewood HS, Whites Creek HS, the Inner City Boy Scouts, the College Trust Fund, AT&T Community Network Tennessee, the First Response Center, Faith Family Clinic, several little league ball clubs, some academic tutoring programs, job mentoring, and faith based programs are also included.

Ticket Invitations to attend the formal attire event are $100 per person and can be purchased online starting December 22, 2008. Those attending the Music City Ball will dine on awesome Southern food, dance to the music of DJs and live bands, be entertained with stand up comedy acts, and stay abreast of all the official Washington, D.C .,Inaugural Ball activities by way of 10-foot television screens in the grand ballrooms at the elegant Millennium Maxwell House Hotel.

Many at the Nashville Celebration may seem closer to the Obamas than those in D.C. The event organizers estimate that near 200 invitations to the Nashville Ball have been requested as word got out about the event and expects it will be sold out one week after tickets go on sale December 23.

Stay tuned for invitation information.

1 comment:

Elyssa D'Educrat said...


"My mentor, the Rev. Enoch Fuzz, is the master of building coalitions across races, politics and faiths to do the incredible" and several other agencies are sponsoring a campaign, "Be The Change: Mentor A Child" with a kick of event on January 19, 2009. is the source for all things Mentor related, including items for the official "Thank Your Mentor Day" January 22nd.

Sounds like a good opportunity to pay tribute to Rev. Fuzz for his service to the community and for being a very effective role model and Mentor!

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