Many people attended FAME Mothers and Daughters “Legacy of Love” 2024 with guest speakers U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Sis. Karen Waters. (Clayton Everett/FAME Church)


First AME Church of Los Angeles celebrated the 1st annual “Mothers & Daughters – A Legacy of Love Brunch” on Saturday, May 4.

At high noon, members and guests gathered in the beautiful Allen House Gardens surrounded by beautiful spring bouquets and live music from harpist Gracie Sprout.  The Rev. Ann Champion Shaw kicked off the event with a lively rendition of “We Are Family,” then introduced the recorded reading of an original poem by first daughter, Raven Noel Lovelace Shaw.

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The afternoon spotlighted mother/daughter team presenters, beginning with the mistresses of ceremonies, Kimlin Johnson, CEO of Black Math Collective, and her daughter, Tyler Johnson.  Throughout the day, they read quotes, stories, and words of wisdom submitted by the guests from their mothers.

FAME Mothers Daughters Brunch Leadership Team were, from left, Wanda Kwomo, Jacqueline White~Brown, Charlene Cyrus, Rev. Ann Champion Shaw, Sharon Asher, Toni Scott, and Jessie Thompson. (Clayton Everett/FAME Church)

The highlight of the event were the keynote speakers, Congresswomen Maxine Waters, and her daughter, Karen Waters, president/CEO of Progressive Connections, who gave a touching tag-team message on how a supportive and understanding mother/daughter relationship can influence and impact both lives.

The afternoon concluded with encouraging remarks and a prayer Pastor Robert R. Shaw, followed by spirited line-dancing by stepmaster Sharon Asher.  Most departed looking forward to the Second Annual Mothers & Daughters Brunch, which is already in the works!

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