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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Xernona Clayton, General Consul Randy E. Rolle, and West Point on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life as we celebrate the lives of men and women of our military. We will hear from active duty and veterans who will share personal stories and highlights from their military careers and the next chapter in their lives. All have roles that made them the "first" in many endeavors throughout their lives and in the military. We will hear about their many acts of courage and sacrifice that embody servant leadership that will empower, inspire, and motivate listeners.

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, hear from three individuals who are leaders from various sectors like philanthropy, government, and our military.

Founder of Trumpet Awards, Xernona Clayton
We will hear from the legendary Civil Rights and trailblazer, Xernona Clayton. Listen to her share stories from chapters of her life that have captivated our country for several decades. From Civil Rights to adviser to Ted Turner to Founder of the Trumpet, Ms. Clayton has Been Marching All The Time.
General Consul to Atlanta, Randy E. Rolle
Ms. Clayton inducted the Prime Minster of the Bahamas, The Honorable Perry Gladstone Christie, into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in January 2014 during the 22nd Trumpet Awards. Shortly after meeting Prime Minister Christie in Atlanta, the idea to bring the military families to the Bahamas was birthed. Hear more about the Islands of the Bahamas from The Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta, The Honorable Randy E. Rolle. Listen to him share about his leadership, mentoring youth, and helping bring the message of a peaceful nation to our airwaves.

And lastly,  we will hear from Captain Bryant L. Waston of West Point. Hear him give the history of the 200 year on military academy founded by President Thomas Jefferson. Listen to Captain Waston share how West Point has molded leaders of our country for two centuries and why he chose to attend West Point. Listen to his passion for leading as he shares how West Point prepared him to help seek out the next generation of leaders for West Point and our country.

As Living Your Best Life Radio embarks on an adventure of a lifetime, sponsoring a wedding for one lucky military couple to be married in the Bahamas, stay tuned for weekly updates and more great interviews from leaders who have globe influence. Living Your Best Life Radio is heard on 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, the Inspirational Network, military bases, Tune In, and streamed live at Ustream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

More About Xernona Clayton

Xernona Clayton at her 84th Birthday Party in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Xernona Clayton is the Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Creator and Executive Producer of the Foundation’s Trumpet Awards.  The Trumpet Awards is a prestigious event highlighting African American accomplishments and contributions.  Initiated in 1993 by Turner Broadcasting, the Trumpet Awards has been televised annually and distributed internationally to over 185 countries around the world.

Ms. Clayton began her television career in 1967 and became the south’s first Black person to have her own television show.  The Xernona Clayton show was a regular feature on WAGA-TV, CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

Xernona Clayton was employed at Turner Broadcasting for nearly 30 years where she served as a corporate executive.  In 1988, Xernona Clayton was appointed Corporate Vice President for Urban Affairs with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.  In this capacity, she directed internal and external projects for the Corporation, and served as liaison between Turner Broadcasting (TBS SuperStation, CNN, Headline News, TNT, Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks) and civic groups in Atlanta and across the country.  As a corporate executive, Ms. Clayton was one of the highest-ranking female employees in Turner Broadcasting System.

Xernona moved to Atlanta in 1965 where she accepted a position with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked closely with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Ms. Clayton also traveled extensively with Mrs. Coretta Scott King on her nationwide concert tours.

More About the Islands of the Bahamas

The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. The archipelago is an ecological oasis featuring 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays and boasts the clearest water on the planet—with a visibility of over 200 feet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the world’s third largest barrier reef.

We invite you to explore all of our islands. One step and you’ll realize our beauty extends far beyond our extraordinary natural wonders. It’s the smiles on the faces of the Bahamian people. The unique sounds of our rich culture. The warm hospitality of our heritage and our colorful history.

More About Captain Bryant L. Waston
Captain Bryant L. Waston

CPT Bryant L. Watson graduated in 2010 from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry.  At West Point, he double majored in Economics and Arabic. His most memorable experiences were studying abroad in Morocco , solo piloting a helicopter, and spending weekends with fellow cades in New York City. After graduation, he joined the 172nd Infantry Brigade in Grafenwoehr, Germany and deployed with them to Paktika Province, Afghanistan. There, he led an Infantry Platoon and partnered with local Afghan forces to interdict enemy movement. Returning to Germany, he helped deactivate the 172nd as both a platoon leader and adjutant to the Battalion Commander. CPT Bryant Watson joins the admissions team by way of Fort Stewart, Georgia where he last served as an executive officer. He and his wife, Anna, have one-year old daughter, Eleanor.

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