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Bethune Recognition Luncheon A Success

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The Inland Empire Section hosted the 32nd Annual National Council of Negro Women Mary J. McLeod Bethune Recognition Luncheon at the Inland Regional Conference Center on Saturday October 29, 2011.

Each year a different NCNW Section hosts the event in commemoration of Mary McLeod Bethune, the organization’s founder. The Inland Empire Section hosted this year. The keynote speaker was Beverly White who gave an inspiring message about the life of Henriet ta Lacks, the Black woman whose cancer cells have been mass marketed for research worldwide.

Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter presented the Community Award to Eldred Marshall, former staffer and extraordinary musician. She called Marshall a genius who at the age of 6 began playing the piano. In her presentation of Marshall, Mrs. Carter said he recently received a Master of Music degree and is working on a Masters of Organ degree. He not only one of the most prolific musicians in the Inland Empire, he has a broad command of the issues of the day. He is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in Political Science. Marshall worked in her Sacramento legislative office until his decision to follow his heart and return to graduate school. Marshall has relocated to Dallas, Texas.

Each year Southern California NCNW Sections rotate hosting the event to remember the organization’s founder. The Inland Empire Section hosted this year. The keynote speaker was television newscaster Beverly White, who gave an inspiring message about Mrs. Bethune, Lisa P. Jackson, head of the (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency and juxtaposed them with the life of Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cancer cells have been mass marketed for research worldwide; who’s family still has yet to benefit from her contributions to solve many mysteries of science from invetro fertilization to working with many cancers still plaguing medicine. Her story is told in a newly published book, “Henrietta Lacks.”

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