Compton Mayor Aja Brown
National Action Network founder, Al Sharpton
Black History Awards Luncheon Feb. 5 will also fete Bakewell Sr.
Compton Mayor Aja Brown will be among the honorees at the inaugural National Action Network (NAN) Black History Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday Feb. 5 beginning at 11:30 a.m.
In late October 2012, Brown introduced her "New Vision for Compton" when she defeated 12 other mayoral candidates with 63.5% of the vote.
The awards program will also honor other local leaders and corporations that have worked in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to promote Black culture and achievement. Among the honorees are: Danny Bakewell Sr., publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel; Jon Platt, president North America, Warner/Chappell Music; Reverend Xavier L. Thompson, Pastor, Southern Missionary Baptist Church; and Univision Communications Inc.
Bakewell Sr. has become one of the most influential businessmen and social activists in the nation, blazing trails for others to travel. He possesses the unique ability to bring diverse bodies of people together for the common good of their communities, and the nation as a whole. Additionally, Bakewell Sr. is the executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and chairman of the Bakewell Company, one of the largest African-American owned development companies in the United States.
Rev. Al Sharpton, president and Founder of NAN, will unveil several initiatives at the event to further civil rights in the Los Angeles community, including efforts around voting rights, joblessness and more.
NAN has 70 chapters in the U.S.
“The organization works extensively to promote a modern civil rights agenda, which includes a standard of decency for all people regardless of race or sex, social justice for all communities, education, non-violence, equality in healthcare and improvement of race relations,” said organization officials.
“Through the years, NAN has served as a voice for the voiceless and an advocate for those in need.”