Reverend Run will be honored with the "Protégé
of the Year" award during a ceremony honoring Dr. Reverend Frederick Eikerenkoetter,
popularly known as Reverend Ike.
On June 12, Bishop E. Bernard Jordan, founder
of New York City's Zoe Ministries will honor Reverend Ike with a lifetime award
for his mentoring work.
Jordan will also present Run with the protégé
award during the ceremonies, which take place at the Plaza Hotel in New Jersey.
Reverend Ike was one of the most visible African-American's
in the United States in the 1970s.
Weekly sermons are still broadcast every month
on radio and television stations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico,
and the Caribbean.
"Reverend Ike is the father. Before there
was any prosperity teachers, Ike did it," Run told AllHipHop.com. "He's
the pioneer. For Reverend Ike to call me his grandson and for Bishop Jordan
to call me his son is an honor."
Run said he received a prophesy stating that
he would be a successful businessman from Bishop Jordan, who was taught by Reverend
Run subsequently took over Phat Farm's sneaker
division, leading the division to over $200 million in sales and feels that
the prophesy was indeed true.
"The principles they taught me, work,"
Run said emphatically. "I applied the principles to Phat Farm and look
at the sneaker division now. Reverend Ike is my Daddy, Bishop Jordan is his
son and I'm the grandson."
The Reverend Al Sharpton will also attend the
ceremonies and a silent auction is also planned for the event.
"When I was just a boy coming to New York
City for the first time, I saw my first Rolls Royce parked in front of the Plaza
Hotel," the elusive Reverend Ike said. "At the time I had holes in
my shoes and my socks were touching the ground. I was on the outside looking
in, now I am on the inside looking out."