The Brotherhood Crusade will honor the Speaker of the California Assembly, the Honorable Herb J. Wesson at its 34th Anniversary Dinner on Friday October 25, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Speaker Wesson will receive the 2002 Walter Bremond Pioneer of African American Achievement Award for his ascension as the 65th Speaker, after just three years in office, as well as his accomplishments and his leadership at the state and local levels.
His ability to win friends and influence people makes him a political force to be reckoned with, not only in California, but throughout the Nation. His power is clearly demonstrated in his commitment and desire to foster human rights, and to create opportunities for Californias children. He has an extraordinary record of involvement, achievement and activism on behalf of underprivileged Californians. This is reflected in some of the legislation that he has sponsored and the programs that he supports, such as CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BOND MEASURE, MANDATORY KINDERGARTEN, CIVIL RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT ACTION, CALIFORNIA YOUTHBUILD, SMALL BUSINESS OUTREACH, MOTHERS IN ACTION, COMMUNITY YOUTH & SPORTS FOUNDATION, ENTERTAINMENT TAX CREDIT, just to name a few.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Herb Wesson has been involved in California politics long before being elected to the Assembly, having served as deputy to Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Councilman Nate Holden.,
Clarence Avant, Music Mogul and former Chairman of Motown is the dinner chairman; and Don Cornelius, the legendary creator of Soul Train, is the entertainment chairman. The event promises to be fun-filled and entertaining.
Founded in 1968, the Brotherhood Crusade provides funding for a wide spectrum of non-profit agencies throughout Southern California. Danny Bakewell, President and CEO, has guided the organization into becoming the largest institution of its kind in the nation. In 34 years, the Brotherhood Crusade has donated over $50,000,000 to more than 1000 agencies.
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