In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of unity and service to mankind, men of New York City’s sports, business and entertainment worlds were honored as part of the Gentlemen’s Giving and Honoree Recognition Reception in New York City.

The event recognized individuals who have provided service to others through volunteer work with the national non-profit organization Career Gear, which offers career counseling and business attire to men of all ages and backgrounds.

Among the honorees were former New York Knick John Starks, retired NFL running back Johnny Davis and Tyson Beckford, model/celeb personality known in the Hip Hop world for his appearances in videos by the likes of 50 Cent and Wu-Tang Clan.



Despite the nation’s dismal economy, honorees stressed the importance of ‘giving back’ to others, whether in the form of time, experience or monetary donation.

“You may think that you don’t have much [but] you have experience. That’s worth a lot to anyone who is trying to grow,” stated J. Alexander Martin, event master of ceremony and Career Gear Board member.

In the spirit of Dr. King’s memory, Johnny Davis also noted that King’s outstanding moral character, not his title, was significant in the impact his message had on people worldwide .



“Let’s keep in mind, King began as a minister. A minister, not a CEO, brought forth change for all men through the Civil Rights Movement,” stated the former NFL Super Bowl champ.

The event was hosted by J. Alexander Martin, vice president of FUBU, Niesha Butler, WNBA Star/media personality and Rodney Gill, Vice President of BET.

Career Gear has helped more than 25,000 men become self-sufficient members of society since its inception in 1999. The organization provides career counseling and business attire to men of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. To learn more about Career Gear, please visit

The event was produced by La Belle Vie Foundation, for the event Gentlemen’s Giving reception. More information can be found here.