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Brotherhood Crusade Celebrates 50th Anniversary  
By Special to the Sentinel 
Published June 21, 2018

Brotherhood Crusade wrapped up a successful 50 year celebration with 700 guests in attendance. (Mesiyah E. McGinnis/ L.A. Sentinel)

The Brotherhood Crusade, a community organization founded in 1968 by civil rights activist Walter Bremond. For 35 years businessman, publisher and civil rights activist Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. led the Institution and today, Brotherhood Crusade President and CEO Charisse Bremond Weaver hosted a 50th Anniversary Community Thank You Event on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

The event was designed to be a “thank you card” for partners, donors, sponsors, elected officials and volunteers for supporting Brotherhood Crusade programs and services. Over 700 attended the celebration, which included music, food, historical exhibits and videos.

The Brotherhood Crusade plans to continue the legacy of the organization for an additional 50 years!(Mesiyah E. McGinnis/ L.A. Sentinel)

Special remarks were given by CA State Senator Holly Mitchell, CA State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, President & CEO Charisse Bremond Weaver and Board Chairman Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.

Proclamations and resolutions were awarded to the organization, including a U.S. Congressional Records Resolution from the 115th Congress (House of Representatives) Second Session by Congresswoman Karen Bass, 37th Congressional District of California.

Distinguished guests who attended the event included:

  • CA State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • CA State Senator Steve Bradford
  • CA StateAssemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • Civil Rights Advocate and Activist Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.
  • SEIU 2015 PresidentLaphonza Butler
  • United Domestic Workers President, Doug Moore
  • NBA Legend AC Green
  • ActressDawnn Lewis
  • CBS Sports Director Jim Hill
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey
  • City CouncilmemberMarqueece Harris-Dawson (District 8)
  • Dr. Robert Ross, The California Endowment

Attendees enjoyed live music and food. (Mesiyah E. McGinnis/ L.A. Sentinel)

An organization with a rich legacy for making an impact in the Los Angeles community, Brotherhood Crusade was headed up for 35 years by businessman, publisher and civil rights activist Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.

“50 years is a great milestone to commemorate the great work that we have done within the community, said Board Chairman and past president Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. “This wouldn’t be possible without the support of so many individuals and other organizations. Brotherhood Crusade was founded to be the driving force within our own community as an example of what we can achieve through self-determination and self-reliance as a community and as a people.  I can’t express how proud I am of the vision that my friend and Brotherhood founder Walt Bremond had, the great work, advocacy and accomplishments during my time as President and the great achievements of Charisse, our board of directors and our staff as we move the Brotherhood Crusade into the next 50 years. This legacy was only attainable because so many people (too many to name) were committed to the idea of Black people supporting those programs, projects and ideas that are the best for our community.”

Now, Brotherhood Crusade President and CEO Charisse Bremond Weaver continues the legacy of her late father Walter Bremond and mentor, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., as she maintains partnerships and forges new alliances to build on the organization’s historic impact.

Charrise Bremond Weaver and Danny J. Bakewell Sr. (Mesiyah E. McGinnis/ L.A. Sentinel)

The organizations’ principal mission is to champion equality and equity by removing and/or helping individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success in life and facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life via health & wellness, academic success, increasing financial literacy, access to artistic & cultural awareness and building community agencies & institutions.

Charisse Bremond Weaver, Brotherhood Crusade’s President and CEO said, “We are deeply grateful to everyone who joined us to celebrate having reached this monumental milestone. We would like to thank all of our partners, donors and friends for your support and participation in our 50-year history of serving the community with pride, compassion and commitment. Whether you donated a dollar or thousands of dollars, your partnership means the world to us. This event was our way of expressing gratitude because our history and future are rooted in this community, the people we serve and the people who make it possible for us to move our mission to serve forward.”

Danny J. Bakewell Sr. addresses attendees during the celebration of the Brotherhood Crusade 50th anniversary. (Mesiyah E. McGinnis/ L.A. Sentinel)

To learn more about Brotherhood Crusade and upcoming 50th Anniversary news, visit

To donate to Brotherhood Crusade programs and services, visit

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