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The CATALYST: The Inaugural Awards Ceremony of Black Los Angeles Young Democrats (BLAYD)
By Maleena Lawrence
Published August 8, 2012

 

Karen Bass speaks                                                                                                               

Los Angeles, CA- Over 100 members of The Black Los Angeles Young Democrats (BLAYD) supported the community launch of The CATALYST Awards. This inaugural event honored Trailblazers, Congresswoman Karen Bass and Nii-Quartelai Quartey, CEO of The Sankofa Group for Civic Engagement for catapulting significant progress within Los Angeles communities, and for inspiring the next generation of democratic leadership. “The CATALYST event is about Service; we are honoring individuals who put others before themselves and support those who want to serve. This time allows BLAYD to work together, bridge the gaps and make short to the long strides in our community”, says BLAYD Founder, Ebony Lewis. The resounding messages from the honorees, attendees as well as the guest host, Alonzo Bodden and “Hollywood’s Champion of New Sound”, DJ B Hen was to encourage attendees be active in the 2012 Election cycle by getting involved in local and national politics, voting, moving messages through social media and public policy initiatives that directly impacts the African-American community.

BLAYD’s President, Darryn Harris reminds the community, “We are all capable of being a catalyst for creating the communities we deserve. This event was about igniting our greatest resource, which is you.” BLAYD is dedicated to building a membership movement overflowing with catalyst in all areas of government and professional networks. The Catalyst also plays a significant role in placing a spotlight on community organizations serving solutions to people in need and the next generation of power players. In solidarity with a national celebration for President Barack Obama’s birthday, the event was concluded with celebratory cupcakes in honor of President Barack Obama’s birthday.

Bass mingling with her guests

 

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