*Music industry legend Logan H. Westbooks was recently conferred an honorary degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters from LeMoyne Owen College in recognition of his leadership in improving education and the quality of life in Memphis and the nation.
Dr. Johnny Watson, President of LeMoyne Owen College stated: “Logan Westbrooks’ work as a pioneer in the music industry, entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and church leader, along with his commitment to furthering education, makes him an inspiration to our students.”
LeMoyne Owen is a private, church affiliated, Historically Black, Liberal Arts college and has served students since its founding by the American Missionary Association to provide opportunities for the newly freed slaves in 1862.
Westbrooks was also presented with the key to the city of Memphis by Mayor A. C. Wharton. He was interviewed on every TV station in Memphis and hailed as an icon of the music business.
Dr. Westbrooks was one of the first African Americans to work as a music industry executive and he is widely recognized as a pioneer who paved the way for the African American music executives of today. Dr. Wesbrooks has helped to guide and promote the careers of Mahalia Jackson, Sandra Crouch, George Beverly Shea, Elvis Presley, Nancy Wilson, The Jackson 5, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Chuck Brown and many more.
Currently Dr. Westbrooks has authored the 2nd Edition of the Anatomy of the Music Industry, which will be released in late 2014 at www.LoganWestbrooks.com. Dr. Westbrooks has authored many books and articles which include the Harvard Report, a study of the soul music environment. Additionally Dr. Westbrooks has contributed several of his personal and professional artifacts to the University of Indiana Archives of African American Music and Culture. The Logan H. Westbrooks Collection may be accessed online at http://www.indiana.edu/~aaamc/general.html.
Dr. Westbrooks will also be among honorees such as member of The Manhattans, Denise Lasalle, Craten Armmer, Ann Peebles, G. C. Cameron and other living legends at the Jus Blues Awards on July 31st in Tunica, Mississippi. For tickets and information go to http://www.jusblues.org/ or call (678)403-1993.
Dr. Westbrooks and his wife Geri reside in Sherman Oaks, California and Memphis, Tennessee.