The VICKI is awarded to an individual who demonstrates exemplary community outreach and service. We are pleased to award

2009 Recipient

The 2009 VICKI Award to

Delores "Sugar" Poindexter

Born in Nashville, TN, Sugar moved to Indianapolis at the tender age of 16 - - and became nationally known for her melodic soprano voice, singing with great musical pioneers such as the Sally Martin Singers; the Beatrice Brown Singers; the Ruth Beck Singers, and the king of gospel himself, the Rev. James Cleveland. Sugar was the first African-American woman to have a gospel program on radio station WTLC. Not long thereafter, she began sharing the airways with her very close friend, Al The Bishop Hobbs on the “spirit at sunrise” show. Sugar was not only a gospel announcer, she was a servant of mankind. She was the first African-American woman to host her show from the Marion County Jail. She did this on Thanksgiving Day for 20 years straight - - inviting many well-known recording artists to help uplift those who were incarcerated. She was also the first to broadcast live from the Indiana Women’s Prison. Gospel singer, radio announcer, ordained minister, mother, sister, friend - - Sugar, a friend to all - - respected by the big and small. On behalf of Faith, Family and Friends, we salute Delores Sugar Poindexter for her legendary outreach and service.