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LAAWPAC Awards Gala Salutes Dynamic L.A. Women
By Staff and Wire Report
Published December 5, 2019

The LAAAWPAC board of directors include, from left, front, Lena Brown, Ingrid Palmer, Celestine Palmer, Jacquelynn Hawthorne, and back, Thelá Thatch, Gwen Coley, Shannon Thomas-Allen, Nichelle Henderson and Traci Bivens-Davis. (Courtesy photo)

The Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee (LAAAWPAC) will salute eight dynamic L.A.-area women at their inaugural awards gala. The theme is “Honoring Black Excellence.”

The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, at The Grand in Long Beach. A VIP reception starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

The honorees and their awards consist of U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, Sojourner Truth Legacy Award; Dr. Melina Abdullah, CSU-L.A. Pan-African Studies professor and Black Lives Matter organizer, Ella Baker Community Organizing Award; Pamela Bakewell, executive vice president/COO of the Bakewell Company, Madam C.J. Walker Business Award; Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, Harriet Tubman Humanitarian Award; Heather Hutt, state director for U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Black Excellence Award; Areva Martin, founder/president of Special Needs Network, Mary McCleod Bethune Education Award; Tiffany Mayberry, Warner Bros. director of Employee Engagement, Shirley Chisholm Trailblazer Award; and Patricia “Patt” Sanders, vice-chair of the L.A. County Democratic Party.


LAAAWPAC is one of the oldest Black Women’s political action committees in the country. According to president, Ingrid Palmer, “Proceeds from this event will help fund the campaigns of progressive candidates on the local, state, and federal level. It is important that Black women step forward, grab a seat at the political tables, and make their voices heard with their money and hard work!”

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