Ordinary People Leading in Extraordinary Times was the theme for this years National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), Bethune Recognition program.
And, extraordinary was the adjective to describe the festivities, fun, and excitement that participants experienced at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel in Pomona. Bernard Parks, Former Chief of Police for the City of Los Angeles served as the keynote speaker.
The 23rd Annual Mary McLeod Bethune Recognition Program this year honored Theresa Price, Co-Founder of the Black College Fair.
Price has been the owner of two companies for more than five years. Juggling her full service marketing firm, Future Trends Marketing Group, and an entertainment company has not been easy.
Price has 20 years of experience in advertising, sales, marketing, and promotion. Born in Compton, California, she graduated from college with a BA in Broadcast/Journalism, and a minor in Speech Communications. She began her career in Television at KCBS Channel 2 as a news assistant for News Correspondent Kim Mariner. From there Price went into radio, working as a news assistant to the News Director at 103.9 KACE FM.
Later she decided to go into sales and landed her first Account Executive job at Radio Station KGFJ 1230 AM. There she excelled, winning several top sales awards that led to being promoted as KOST-KACE Senior Account Manager, she repeated her successes receiving awards and generating almost $2 million in sales. That is when she was approached by two of her clients to manage their companies. She knew that it was time to start a business of her own.
For the past six years she has had such clients as: Chino Hills Ford, UniverSoul Circus, General Mills, Nike, Pepsi and several entertainment entities.
She then felt she should give something back and enjoyed encouraging youth to seek higher education. The Black College Expo was created. It is a successful annual event that will soon tour the nation.
She is married and the mother of two sons.
The events keynote speaker Chief Bernard Parks (Retired) has been an officer of the law for 37 years. During his tenure as L.A.s top cop he implemented some of the most rigorous police reforms ever proposed in the history of the police department, including the institution of a police accountability policy. Parks also made it easier for the community to file complaints against police officers by streamlining the Citizen Complaint System. Under his leadership, the City of Los Angeles saw homicides fall by 45%; rape and assault drop by nearly 20% and robbery decline by over 45%.
His next goal and challenge is to serve his community as councilman of the 8th District in Los Angeles. His platform will be public safety, lack of youth services, traffic congestion, graffiti and roaming packs of wild dogs. He will also focus broadly on affordable housing for seniors and working families, educational opportunities, job creation and the fair and equitable delivery of city services.
He has been married to wife Bobbie for over 35 years and they have four children.
The Master of Ceremonies was Tommy McMullins, President of the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education. Entertainment was provided by Ministry N-Motion, Rah Shan and Rah Shad Miles twin brothers who interpret their praise and thanks to God through dance.
New NCNW Life Members and Achievers were also named: Perris Willa Mae Taylor Section, Lillie Grant Brown, Willie Bourgeois, Gertrude N. Burgin, Charles Kearney, Marian Washington; Inland Empire Section: Mary A. Saxon-Hobbs and Achievers were, Lois Carson and Wilmer Amina Carter; High Desert Section: Elizabeth Coleman Dowdy, D.D.; San Gabriel Valley Section, Jeanette Freeman Davis, Ralph Sutherland, Lorraine Cook-Hubbard, Lisa Camille Diggs and Achievers Annie Dixson, Helen Goodman, Rose Hunter, Caroline Hill, Annice Jackson, Everlean Thomas Jackson, Lisa Renee Jenkins, Lula M Jenkins, Sandra Johnson, Jerri Snofox Lawrence, Betty Norton Taylor, Gladys B. Waters, Luana Washington.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Recognition Program is a national fun-raising event in support of the current work of the NCNW. It provides a unique opportunity for individuals to give or raise funds to strengthen the financial base of the national office. Started in 1975 it was the idea of Bethune to unite women. President Emeritus Dr. Dorothy Height, Mrs. Bethunes successor and mentee developed the Program. One of Heights crowning achievements has been to burn the mortgage on the national headquarters. It is the former Sears building and is located on the site of Washingtons slave market. In 1848, 77 freedom seekers were sold after they became the largest groups to escape on the Underground Railroad. In that group were two teenage girls, the Edmondson sisters, who played a crucial role in galvanizing public support for the Abolitionist Movement and inspiring Harriet Beecher Stowe to write "Uncle Toms Cabin."
Betty Norton Taylor was the Regional Committee Co-Chair.
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