Dupri, who was born in Asheville, North Carolina and raised in Atlanta, will be recognized at the 36th annual sold-out event at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Dec. 21. He’s being applauded as “a beacon of hope in providing a quality education to students of color,” according to a news release.
Billye Aaron and Ambassador Andrew Young founded the Mayor’s Masked ball in 1983, when Young served as the city’s 55th mayor. The gathering is touted as Atlanta’s premier holiday season socializing gathering where the city’s major players turn out. They include current Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, UNCF president and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax, and The Coca-Cola Foundation president and event co-chair Helen Smith Price, to name a few. Also among those appearing at the ball are member institution presidents representing Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.