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Landau to be honored by W.Va. black hall of fame

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

LOGAN, W.Va. — Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. again is making Logan County proud as the talented performer will be honored this evening at the Marriott Hotel in Charleston as he officially will be inducted into The West Virginia All Black Schools Sports and Academic Hall of Fame. Landau, as he prefers to be called, will receive the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Hall of Fame Board — the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. It is one of several awards the organization is slated to hand out.


Founded September 19, 2006, the Hall of Fame was originally created to preserve the history of black education in West Virginia prior to 1954 and to honor African-American role models of yesterday. The Hall of Fame induction categories include: 1. The Greatest of the Great; 2. Sports/Academic; 3. Lifetime Achievement; 4. Icons Award; 5. Legends Award; and 6. Vanguard Honors. The Icons award goes to the last living faculty, staff or school personnel, while the Legends award is bestowed upon “pioneers of progress” and the Vanguard award goes to the heirs of a member who has shown leadership and is at the forefront of developments in their field.


For local African-American historian Claude Williams, who for many years has fought for the freedoms and rights that most “Black Americans” have come to know, it is a proud moment for the Cora native.


“Landau represents the good of all of Logan County,” Williams said proudly. He has made us all extremely proud, and everywhere I travel, I brag on him and our county.”


For Murphy, who defied all the odds in winning television’s widely viewed “America’s Got Talent” show in September of 2011, he has already been bestowed a tremendous honor earlier this year in Baltimore, Md., when he was named one of the United States Jaycees’ Ten Outstanding Young Americans.

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