Cable Industry Corporate Executive Curtis Symonds to Keynote Annual King Day Breakfast for Black College Alumni
Los Angeles – Curtis Symonds, former Executive Vice President of Black Entertainment Television and former Chief Operating Officer for the Washington Mystics will present the keynote address at the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast hosted by the Los Angeles Inter Alumni Council (IAC) of UNCF-Los Angeles, which will take place on the King Holiday, Monday, January 17, 2011 at the Proud Bird in Los Angeles. As a graduate of Central State University and a former member of the board of directors, Symonds will be right at home among the crowd of almost 1,000 HBCU alumni who attend the breakfast every year.
Symonds has generated media coverage in recent months since he announced plans to launch HBCU Network, which will give HBCUs their own television network, anchored by college sports programming, courtesy of ESPN. The network will present live athletics, a nightly wrap-up show, with the rest of the programming featuring lifestyle content and “edutainment” programming, a combination of education and entertainment programming. ESPN has entered into a programming agreement with the HBCU Network as they own the rights to games from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
“I am delighted to be invited to speak at this breakfast to share my story with fellow HBCU alumni and to inspire others to support these magnificent institutions” said Symonds. “Central State has been a part of my life since I was a boy and gave me excellent preparation as a student and the confidence that I could compete at any level. I look forward to seeing many friends and colleagues that have supported me over the years.”
Dawn Sutherland, CFO and Vice President for Xerox will be presented with the Sprit Award, an award given by the IAC to individuals who embody the spirit of the late Lou Rawls, who dedicated his life to supporting HBCUs. Sutherland, also an HBCU graduate as a alum of Spelman College, will be recognized for her excellent leadership of the Xerox Black Employees Association and the extraordinary support the group has given to community organizations over many years, as well the support she has personally given to so many organizations.
The breakfast is sponsored by US Bank, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and American Airlines and will take place at the Proud Bird, located at 10022 Aviation Blvd near LAX. Tickets are $40 per person and $400 per table of 10. Parking is FREE. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are still available. For ticket information, please contact Luther Williams at 562-424-3965 or Abraham McCormick at 310-670-3119.