Wonder Honoured By Memphis Museum
Music legend STEVIE WONDER received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, on Tuesday night (17OCT06). During his acceptance speech, the 56-year-old serenaded the crowd with a medley of his hit songs including MY CHERIE AMOUR and I WISH. The museum also awarded civil rights pioneer DR JOSEPH LOWERY the National Freedom Award and Doctors Without Borders co-founder BERNARD KOUCHNER the International Freedom Award. Playing an electronic keyboard, Wonder told the audience of 5,000 people that music is a gift he can share, challenging them and the world to "use the gifts God has given us to help those less fortunate." He said, "You must use your eyes, voices, ears. Tomorrow is never promised to any of us. You must be the best you can be right now." Previous recipients of the annual awards include MARTIN LUTHER KING JR's widow CORETTA SCOTT KING, former US Presidents BILL CLINTON and JIMMY CARTER and talk show host OPRAH WINFREY.