CLBC Members Recognize Civil Rights Pioneers from Home Districts
Sacramento, CA –The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) celebrated its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast “Black Voices: Reclaiming Our Inﬂuence” in Sacramento. The commemorative event featured veteran Democratic Political Strategist Donna Brazile as the Keynote Speaker, with additional remarks from CLBC Chair Chris Holden, Senate pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, and members of the CLBC.
“We must always remember the rich history that surrounds MLK Day and reﬂect on how much work still remains to fulﬁll Dr. King’s dream,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “In a National environment where divisive rallies and demonstrations are on the rise, it’s critical for African Americans to unite and stand against hatred bigotry.”
Donna Brazile, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee delivered a dynamic keynote addressing the importance
of unity, activism, and voter engagement within the current political climate. During the program, California Legislative Black Caucus Members recognized civil rights pioneers in their districts as 2018’s “Unsung Heroes.” The honorees included journalists, academics, social workers, activists and community leaders.
“This year’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ are pillars in the Black community” said Assemblymember Chris Holden, Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus. “They continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their voices and actions.”
This year’s Unsung Heroes are;
- Pamela Thornton, an advocate for fair land use operations.
- Joe and Ruthie Hopkins, owners/publishers of Pasadena Journal, a newspaper that serves the African American community in the San Gabriel Valley.
- Dr. Joseph Benjamin Hardwick, senior pastor of Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
- Kenya Fagbemi program director for the Center for Community Health & Well Being.
- Tyree Boyd-Pates, history curator and program manager for the African American Museum.
- Jimmie Woods Gray, the ﬁrst person of color elected as chairperson of the LA County Democratic Central Committee.
- Arnold Perkins, chair of Alameda County Juvenile Justice Commission and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Advisory Board.
- Rev. Dr. John E. Warren, a lifelong public servant, and publisher of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint, a publication that works to keep the African American community in San Diego informed.
- Robert C. Farrell, a retired Los Angeles city councilman and lifelong public service mentor.
- Karen Earl, CEO of Jenesse Center Inc. The oldest domestic violence intervention and prevention program
in South Los Angeles and recognized as the ﬁrst shelter founded by African American women who are themselves survivors of domestic violence.
- Pleshette Robertson, CEO, and founder of Sac Cultural Hub, a Sacramento print and digital media company keeping Northern California urban communities informed with news, events and entertainment.
Holden added that the CLBC was pleased about working with Gov. Jerry Brown on legislation in 2017 such as the transportation bill, and looked forward to further collaboration this year.
The mission of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) is to advocate for the interests of Black Californians. These 10 Members strive to remove road blocks Black Americans face each day.
CLBC Members Include: Assemblymembers Holden (Chair), Weber (Vice Chair), Burke, Cooper, Gipson, McCarty, Jones-Sawyer, and Thurmond – Senators: Bradford (Vice Chair), and Mitchell.