According to unofficial sources from the Theological Seminary, in Manhattan, NY, former NJ Gov. and Sen. President John Bennett has been named as a recipient of the seminary's 2008 Urban Angel Award. The award is given annually to standouts from the Greater Metropolitan Area.
The prestigious seminary award is given annually to leaders in business, religion, government, communications or medicine. The seminary's Urban Angel Award event will take place in April 15, in . A formal announcement from the seminary will be forthcoming next week.
Past honorees have included: , the Academy, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning actor, singer, and activist; The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of The Riverside Church and widely considered one of the greatest praechers in the English language; Mr. Michael D. Lappin, chairman of the Community Preservation Corporation, which has built more units of affordable housing in New York and northern New Jersey than any other organization; The Very Rev. James Parks Morton, former Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, , and founder of The Interfaith Center; Evangelist Mary Ida Vandross, diabetes awareness spokesperson and mother of the late Grammy Award winning recording artist ; The Rev. Dr. Wyatt T. Walker, Pastor Emeritus of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ and noted Civil Rights leader; The Rev. Dr. George W. (Bill) Webber, president emeritus of Theological Seminary; Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, president of the Skinner Leadership Institute; and The Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, pastor of St. Paul's in Brooklyn and Civil Rights leader; to name some of those we have honored since 2004.