Xernona Clayton-Brady, founder and CEO of the Trumpet Awards and Psychedelic Soul and R&B singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe were among honorees at Lincoln University’s 3rd Annual Lion Awards, Sept. 21 at The Union League, 140 South Broad Street.

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The annual black-tie gala, which benefits The Students First Campaign for student scholarships, recognizes and honors the tremendous contributions of extraordinary individuals across various fields of endeavor, including business, law, government, education, media, religion and lifetime achievement. Clayton-Brady received the Living Legend Award and Monae was honored in the area of entertainment.

“I feel honored, I feel blessed and I feel encouraged . . . ,” said Monáe about receiving the award. “I really do hope to motivate and inspire all of you (students in audience) to find your purpose, to use your voice and to never underestimate the power of one man or one woman.”

Clayton-Brady, who joked about recently turning 84, emphasized how our lives are a gift from God and that we must use our lives to be a gift or blessing to others.

“I am blessed by the Good Lord to have my mental faculties three days a week and I can fake it the rest of the week,” she joked. “That gives me the rest of the time to do something good for somebody else.”

Other honorees included: Everett Love, ’94 for Business; Honorable Levan Gordon, ’58, Law; Senator Dominic Pileggi, Government; Dr. James A. Donaldson, ’61, Education; Renee Chenault-Fattah, Media; Pastor James S. Hall, Religion; Peter Kjellerup and Mandy Cabot, founders of Dansko Company, Lifetime Achievement.

Kimberly Lloyd ‘94, chair of Lincoln’s board of trustees, said the Lion Awards has raised more than $235,000 towards scholarship support since it began in 2012.