Prior to <span class="gmail-aqj">Saturday</span> evening's event, a Reflections of Excellence programs, held earlier in the day on campus at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center, brought the honorees, with the exception of Perry who was battling the flu, to students and others who could not afford the $400-per-person gala. Walton, Colbert, Platt and Raymond each revealed their journey and shared what drives them today. Raymond and Platt, who have known each other for at least 20 years with Platt initially signing him to a publishing deal when he was at EMI, shared the value of friendship even in the music industry.
Extremely moved by the honor, Platt, with his mother, siblings, wife and 13-year-old son in attendance, admitted to gala attendees that, until recently, he had never been comfortable being identified as “the highest ranking black executive in the music industry.” But recently he “came to a new way of thinking.”
“Why not be known as the highest ranking black in the music industry,” Platt told the crowd. “I say this not for myself. I say that for these Morehouse men that are coming up because I think it’s my responsibility to show them what black leadership looks like.”