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  1. 1. 3 Greetings from DR. ANTHONY ASADULLAH SAMAD Urban Issues Forum Supporters, Honorees and Guests, It is unusual for a community to be able to dictate the discourse around events and issues that impact its socio-political realities. For the past ten years, the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum has brought the highest and most cutting edge intellectual discussion to the Los Angeles African American community. No community forum in the nation can boast of having hosted Ms. Winnie Mandela, Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Rev. Al Sharpton, Ms. Dorothy Height, Mr. Tavis Smiley, Mr. Ossie Davis, U.S. Surgeon Generals, David Satcher and Jocelyn Elders, Scholars Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson, Ms. Susan Taylor and Senator (now President) Barack Obama. Every one of these newsmakers are legends in their own right and inaccessible to the public in most cases. But each has appeared at the Urban Issues Forum (in some instances, on multiple occasions), along with other high level government officials, activist entertainers and community activists, who sought to raise community consciousness and public awareness around an important issue. The Urban Issues Breakfast Forum is like no other in the nation when it comes to attracting the interest of newsmakers and treeshakers that make change happen in our community and our nation. I welcome you all to the Inaugural Newsmakers Awards Luncheon to give recognition to those who advocate in making Los Angeles a better place to live and who make news by improving the quality of life for the disadvantaged, disenfranchised and underserved. Today, the Urban Issues Forum enters a new phase of its existence as this event will become a staple of our programmatic activity. This annual luncheon will seek to highlight advocacy of the past year and those issues that affected our lives in the preceding year. Our inaugural honorees represent the best our community has to offer in raising public awareness around current events and the “issues of the day.” We welcome our keynote speaker, Roland S. Martin, who has expanded his footprint from print media to radio to now being the most visible African American face in global cable news. His very presence on CNN, on a daily basis, represents “our” perspective in the news room. For that accomplishment and the achievement of being the first journalist to interview “President” Barack Obama, Mr. Martin will receive our Newsmaker Of The Year Award. Our other honorees, Damien Goodmon, Betty Pleasant, Rodney Peete and Ms. Holly Robinson Peete have distinguished themselves significantly in raising public awareness and the community‟s consciousness around some very important issues. The “Issue of the Year” was a national call for justice in a case that was tried here in Los Angeles, the Johannes Mehserle Murder Trial for the killing of 22 year old Oscar Grant. The public served as “justice watchdogs” over this trial, and while justice may or may not have been served, the I AM OSCAR GRANT Campaign showed the power of a conscious people seeking justice. Sempra Energy has demonstrated its commitment as a true corporate advocate and is being recognized for it unyielding support of the Urban Issues Forum. So, enjoy the afternoon as we celebrate our own. Those who care enough to speak out. Sincerely, DR. ANTHONY ASADULLAH SAMAD Co-Founder, Managing Director and Host
  2. 2. 4 Acknowledgements The Board of Directors of the Urban Issues Forum, Inc. would like to acknowledge and thank those who have contributed to the success of the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum the past TEN YEARS; Co-Founder, Managing Director and Host, Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad Co-Founder, Robert Farrell Event Coordinator, Sarah Harris, Sarah Harris and Associates (1999-2004) Event Coordinator, Marie Lemelle, Platinum Star Public Relations (2005-2010) Event Coordinator, Arnetta Mack, Mack Enterprises Unlimited (2010-present) Mr. Frank Holoman, Venue Sponsor, Frank‟s Place The Culver City Radisson Hotel, Venue Sponsor Ms. Charmaine Jefferson, The California African American Museum, Venue Sponsor Mr. Kevin McDowell & Martha Saucedo, AEG/Staples Center, Venue Sponsor Mr. Fred and Tony Calloway, The Regency West, Venue Sponsor Ms. Natalie Cole, Our Weekly Newspaper, Media Sponsor Ms. Karen Slade, KJLH Radio, Media Sponsor Ms. Berlinda Jamerson, The Gas Company (retired), First Sponsor Mr. James Fugate and Mr. Tom Hamilton, Eso Won Bookstore Mr. Eric Johnson, L.A. Business Printing Ms. Rene Cross Washington, Rene Cross-Washington Graphic Designs Mr. Malcolm Ali, Photographer Mr. Ian Foxx, Photographer Mr. Leumel Muhammad, Videographer Ms. Pamela Bright-Moon, Videographer Mr. Joseph Hicks (Sr. and Jr.), Hicks Trophy Company, Award Plaque Provider Ms. Debra Legans, Transportation, Wings Limousine
  3. 3. 5 Sempra Energy – 10 year Annual Sponsor Northrup Grumman – 8 year Annual Sponsor KJLH - 5 year Annual Sponsor Wells Fargo - 5 year Annual Sponsor Union Bank - 5 year Annual Sponsor Community Financial Resource Center – 5 year Annual Sponsor Southern California Edison – 5 year Annual Sponsor California African American Museum – 5 year Annual Sponsor AEG – 5 year Annual Sponsor State Farm Insurance HealthNet Strategic Counsel The Los Angeles County Stentorians The California Wellness Foundation Watts Health Foundation The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation SEIU (Multiple locals) AT & T Comerica Bank Our Weekly Newspaper Capital Vision Equities Felix Cadillac Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas Councilwoman Jan Perry Mr. Fred Calloway, Regency West Dr. Bill Releford Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally The Black Business Association GLAAAC WLCAC The Brotherhood Crusade The Los Angeles Sentinel The L.A. Watts Times L.A. Focus Save The Date Magazine Turning Point Magazine Recycling Black Dollars Wings Limousines Acknowledgements SPONSORS OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS Acknowledgements INAUGURAL NEWSMAKERS LUNCHEON Mr. George Gibbs, UPS – Advocate (Signature) Sponsor Ms. Carolyn Williams, Sempra Energy/The Gas Company – Community Sponsor Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas – Community Sponsor Ms. Natalie Cole, Our Weekly Newspaper – Community Sponsor Verizon Communications - Sponsor Comerica Bank – Sponsor KABC – Sponsor AEG - Sponsor Wells Fargo Bank – Sponsor Southern California Edison – Sponsor Los Angeles Urban League – Sponsor Ms. Eugenia Marshall/Wendy Berry, Social Butterfly Consulting, Event Coordination Ms. Arnetta Mack, Mack Enterprises Unlimited, Invitation and Program Graphic Design Mr. Eric Johnson, L.A. Business Printing, Invitation and Program Printing Ms. Pam Bright-Moon, With Grace Productions, Video Presentations Mr. Malcolm Ali, Malcolm Ali Photography Ms. Vanessa DeLaire/Bridgid Billingsley, Sheraton Delfina Hotel Ms. Debra Legans, Transportation, Wings Limousine Captain Brent Burton, The African American Firefighter Museum, Cup Giveaways Ms. Diane Medina, KABC 7, Emergency Readiness Packet Giveaways Ms. Karla Greene, State Farm Insurance Licensed Agent, Scholarship Book Giveaways
  4. 4. 6 Keynote Speaker ROLAND S. MARTIN Roland S. Martin is a nationally award-winning and multifaceted journalist. A nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, Mr. Martin is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, and Speak, Brother! A Black Man‟s View of America, and his newest book, “The First: President Barack Obama‟s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.” Mr. Martin is a commentator for TV One Cable Network and host of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” a one-hour Sunday morning news show. He is also a CNN Analyst, appearing on a variety of the network‟s shows. In October 2008, he joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show as senior analyst. Named by Ebony Magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States, he is the 2009 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview.” He is the 2008 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Sen. Barack Obama Interview.” In 2009, CNN was awarded the Peabody Award for its outstanding 2008 election coverage, of which Martin was a member of the Best Political Team on Television. Martin, named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, was also awarded the 2008 President‟s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media plat- forms. In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor. An insightful and provocative analyst, Mr. Martin has appeared numerous times on a variety of American networks, as well as media outlets in Canada, Columbia, Italy, Australia and South Africa. From October 2005 to October 2008, he served as a radio talk show for WVON-AM in Chicago, first as mid-day host and later as morning drive host. He is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation‟s most historic Black newspaper. He is the former founding news editor for Savoy Magazine under the team of New York-based Vanguarde Media, and the former founding editor of He previously served as owner/publisher of Dallas-Fort Worth Heritage, a Christian monthly newspaper. He also has worked as managing editor of the Houston Defender and the Dallas Weekly, which he led to a number of local, state and national journalism awards. Mr. Martin has worked as morning drive reporter for KRLD/1080 AM; news director and morning anchor at KKDA-AM in Dallas; city hall reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; and county government and neighbors reporter for the Austin American -Statesman. He has also written pieces for Ebony and Essence magazines. He has won more than 30 professional awards for journalistic excellence, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors; top reporting honors from the National Association of Black Journalists; the National Association of Minorities in Cable. and the National Associated Press-Managing Editors Conference. Mr. Martin is a 20-year member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a 1987 graduate of Jack Yates High School-Magnet School of Communications, and a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M Uni- versity, where he earned a bachelor‟s of science degree in journalism. In May 2008, Martin received a master‟s degree in Chris- tian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University and the University of Maryland-University College. He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living, and vice president of Ken- nedy-King College in Chicago. They reside in Chicago.
  5. 5. 7 DAMIEN GOODMON is the Chair of United Community Associations‟ Citizens' Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line (“Fix Expo Campaign”), a collaborative grassroots effort for racial and economic justice and fairness in the treatment of South Los Angeles. Led by the Baldwin Hills- Crenshaw Homeowners' Coalition, Expo Communities United and Save Leimert Neighborhood Coalition, the Fix Expo Campaign goal is to pressure political decision-makers to alter the design of the under construction Expo Light Rail Line to ensure the project is built to the same high safety and environmental standards in South Los Angeles as applied in the adjacent white and more affluent Culver City community that the line passes through. The campaign currently con- sists of 18 South Los Angeles homeowners associations, block clubs, and community-based organizations, including Dorsey High School community organizations such as the Dorsey Alumni Association, and has the support of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Los Angeles, CORE-California, United Teachers Los Angeles, and all South Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils directly impacted by the line. At 28 years old Mr. Goodmon is an experienced political organizer. At the age of 21 he was named to the national staff of the Wesley Clark for President '04 campaign, where among other duties he was responsible for supervising the development of over 400 campus/student- community groups nationwide as the National Student Coordinator. In that role, Mr. Goodmon devised and executed the campaign‟s na- tional student outreach strategy, which emphasized improving traditional student outreach by utilizing interactive technologies, such as the internet, as a communication and organizational tool, and youth marketing tactics proven outside the political realm. After the 2004 election, Mr. Goodmon served as the Senior Communications Advisor and National Spokesman for, a media campaign and grassroots network of activists opposed to the nomination of John Roberts to the United States Supreme Court. Damien Wesley Clark Goodmon has studied at the University of Washington, where he was a member of the Huskies football team, and lives in Leimert Park, where he is Co-Chair of the community's neighborhood council - Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council. He is a recipient of the 2008 LAUSD Trailblazer award for “championing the rights of the masses of all American children.” Mr. Goodmon has been profiled in numerous local and national media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, for his many local and national pursuits for social change. BEVERLY WHITE Beverly White is a veteran general assignment reporter for the “Channel 4 News.” White joined NBC4 in 1992 from WTVJ, the NBC owned and operated station in Miami. White specializes in live television and has covered a variety of stories for NBC4 including the destructive El Nino weather system, the recurrent Southern California wildfires, local flooding, mudslides and the Northridge earthquake. In addition, she has traveled for NBC4 on select stories such as the 2004 hurricane swarm in Florida and Alabama. Locally, she has been a steady presence on the top-rated 11pm Channel 4 News for more than a decade. At WTVJ, White was on the 1992 Peabody Award-winning team that covered Hurricane Andrew. She also reported on the rape trial of William Kennedy Smith, the First Amendment battles of the rap group 2 Live Crew as well as the military coup in Haiti and the Haitian refugee camps in Cuba. From 1985 to 1989, White worked for WKRC (ABC ) in Cincinnati. She anchored the market‟s #1 morning newscast and reported in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. White also covered the rise and fall of baseball legend Pete Rose and the 1988 Democratic and Republican presidential nominating conventions. Her career began in her home state of Texas at KCEN-TV (NBC) in Temple/Waco and KENS-TV (CBS) in San Antonio. White holds a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career, White has shared her time and talent, giving speeches and presentations to colleges, community and civic groups. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, White is a past president of the local affiliate chapter, the Black Journalists Association of Southern California. She has been a Scholar in Residence at Citrus College in Glendora and an adjunct professor of broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California. LA‟s New Times magazine named her best local news reporter in 1997 and in the April 2000 issue of „Essence‟ magazine, White was designated a "Live Shot Diva." In 2008, White was honored with the Leadership Award from the California Legislative Black Caucus and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Killeen Independent School District in Killeen, Texas. White lives in the Los Angeles area with her family and Deuce, their wire fox terrier. INAUGURAL NEWSMAKERS - Awards Luncheon 2010
  6. 6. 8 HOLLYROD FOUNDATION Holly Robinson Peete Holly Robinson Peete is an actress, author, activist and philanthropist. On the heels of Robinson Peete's success on NBC‟s Celebrity Apprentice, she will co-host a new daytime talk show The Talk, premiering this Fall on CBS. Robinson Peete had her acting debut at the age of four when she ap- peared on television opposite her father, Matthew Robinson who served as a producer and portrayed the original beloved character of “Gordon,” on the award-winning children‟s program “Sesame Street.” Upon finishing her college education, Robinson Peete‟s heart led her back to entertainment. In 1986, she landed a starring role on the FOX television drama “21 Jump Street” opposite unknown cast members including Johnny Depp. She went on to star in many other successful television series including “Hangin‟ With Mr. Cooper,” “For Your Love,” and “One on One.” Robinson Peete‟s successful television career places her as one of only a handful of actresses to star in four shows in syndication. In addition, she also re- cently starred in the original Lifetime movie “Matters of Life & Dating” for which she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. With her husband, Rodney, Robinson Peete created the HollyRod Foundation, inspired by her father‟s battle with Parkinson‟s disease. Inspired by their son, they expanded their mission to include Autism. With her daughter Ryan, Robinson Peete published her second book, My Brother Charlie, examining autism from a sibling‟s perspective. Through the HollyRod Foundation and her family‟s personal experiences, Robinson Peete has be- come an advocate for consistent and reliable education, outreach and support on both Parkinson‟s and autism. Her autism advocacy also extends to her book with daughter, Ryan Elizabeth Peete. On March 16th, 2010, Robinson Peete released her second book, a children‟s picture book about autism from the sibling‟s perspective, co-authored by 12-year old Elizabeth Peete, entitled My Brother Charlie (Scholastic). With her first book Get Your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game: A Women’s Guide to Loving Pro Football (2005, Rodale), Robinson Peete won the 2006 Quill Liter- acy Award. A third book, another Scholastic children‟s title is due out in 2011. Rodney Peete NFL veteran quarterback Rodney Peete, best known for his leadership and a winning attitude, spent 16 successful years in the NFL. His admired position in the public eye has led him to a successful career as sports star, television/radio personality, author and philanthropist. Peete is president of HollyRod Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based entertainment and investment firm. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the HollyRod Foundation, an organization established to generate funds to fight Parkinson‟s Disease, support children suffering from Autism, and improve the quality of life for those in need. In March 2010, Peete released his first book, Not My Boy! A Father, a Son, and One Family’s Journey with Autism. The story, based on the Peete family‟s experience raising a child with autism, is published by Hyperion and is currently receiving wide acclaim. Through Not My Boy!, Peete is giving a voice to an often unheard journey: the father. Influencers from across the country have acknowledged Rodney‟s brave story of a father coming to terms with his child‟s autism diagnosis while simultaneously fighting to keep his family intact. He also serves on the Board of Governors at his alma mater, USC, from where he holds a B.A. and was First Team All-American and 1988 Player of the Year. BETTY PLEASANT The contributing editor for the Wave newspapers, Betty Pleasant‟s weekly Soulvine column has become a must- read for Angelenos who want the scoop on what is really going on in our community. Part gossip column, part edito- rial, part wire report, and part community bulletin board, Pleasant covers local events like few can. Many a misbe- having politician has felt the wrath of Pleasant and her probing research. Loyal readers are not the only ones who enjoy Pleasant‟s work. Prior to coming to the WAVE Newspapers, Ms. Pleasant was employed 20 years with the Los Angeles Sentinel, including serving in the positions of City Editor and Managing Editor. She has won numerous awards from the National Newspapers Publishers Assn, including the Emory O. Jackson Best Column Award for several years, including back-to-back in 2008 and 2009. Pleasant was named one of the top five most influential media members in Los Angeles by Los Angeles magazine, which cited her knack for breaking big stories and her success covering the events within her community. Betty is a native Angeleno, grew up in South L.A., is a widow with two handsome sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and grandmother to a beautiful 2-year-old girl. INAUGURAL NEWSMAKERS - Awards Luncheon 2010
  7. 7. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS CO. (The Gas Company) has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation‟s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities. The com- pany‟s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. The Gas Company is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company. The Gas Company‟s commitment extends beyond providing safe and reliable energy. It includes maintaining a diverse workforce, working with suppliers that represent the communities the company serves, protecting the environment, and improving the quality of life in our com- munities through employees‟ volunteer activities and charitable contributions. Supporting civic and community involvement programs make good business sense, as the company‟s success depends on thriving and growing neighborhoods and local businesses. In 2009, The Gas Company provided nearly $2.9 million in shareholder-funded charitable contributions to Southern California communities. Additionally, the Gas Company has been an active supporter of various community organizations that reach ethnically diverse communities with direct bene- fits and services. It continually promotes pride in the diverse communities it serves and is proud to have been the first corporate supporter of the Urban Issues Forum and its mission of “Moving from education to action…” I AM OSCAR GRANT CAMPAIGN The I AM OSCAR GRANT Campaign was a grassroots movement started by the residents of Oakland, California and surrounding cities to insure justice was served after the murder of 22 year old, Oscar Grant. Grant was killed after BART responded to an altercation on a BART train. Several persons were removed from the train, including Oscar Grant, who was trying to subdue tempers between the community and police when he was asked to lay face down on the ground. BART officer, Johannes Mehserle, pulled his gun and shot Grant in the back, killing him. The community was outraged at this act and mobilized to have Mehserle removed from the BART police force and brought public pressure to force the Alameda County District Attorney to file first degree murder charges against Mehserle. The community named their campaign for justice, I AM OSCAR GRANT, because Grant became the symbol of what could happen to any one of us on any given day, when confronted with corrupt and abusive law enforcement. The mantra signified that what happened to Oscar Grant could happen again if justice wasn't served because I AM OSCAR GRANT, you are Oscar Grant, we all are Oscar Grant or have the potential to meet a similar fate if injustice prevailed. The campaign went viral and became a nationwide movement once a venue change was granted to move the Mehserle trial to Los Ange- les. The community raised the profile of the trial when the mainstream media sought to ignore it, blogging, u-tubing and reporting the daily events of the trial as limited access to the courtroom prohibited mass attendance. The I AM OSCAR GRANT Campaign forced criminal justice accountability by exposing courtroom behaviors of the judge, the jury, the prosecution and the defense attorney. But moreover, the campaign exposed defense attempts to minimalize the murder act and highlighted the lack of remorse on the part of the defendant, Johan- nes Mehserle. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and is awaiting sentencing. The I AM OSCAR GRANT Campaign currently monitoring attempts to reduce Mehserle's sentence and is organizing efforts to bring about public transit law enforcement reform through independent citizen review boards. INAUGURAL NEWSMAKERS Awards Luncheon 2010 9
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  14. 14. 16 Welcome & Introduction of Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad Mistress of Ceremonies.....................................Managing Director/Host-Urban Issues Forum Occasion....................................................Ms. Beverly White, Weekend News Anchor, KNBC Greetings ....................................................................................................... Selected Officials TEN YEAR HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO PRESENTATION Lunch is Served Introduction of the Keynote Speaker.......................................Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad Keynote Luncheon Speech ...................................Mr. Roland S. Martin, CNN Correspondent and TV ONE Talk Show Host Presentation - Newsmaker of the Year Award........................................... Mr. George Gibbs Community Affairs Manager, UPS West Region Presentation - Issue of the Year Award Presentation - Issue Advocate of the Year Award Presentation - Issue Advocate Life Achievement Award Presentation - Issues Advocate Public Service Award Presentation - Corporate Advocate Award Scholarship Presentations......................................Who's Who Publishing/Real Times Media Special Presentations.................................................Urban Issues Forum Board of Directors Acknowledgements ..................................................................Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad Closing..........................................................................................................Ms. Beverly White ~ Roland Martin Book Signing ~ Awards Luncheon 2010 INAUGURAL NEWSMAKERS
  15. 15. Ten Year Historical Highlights of the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum 17
  16. 16. 18 1999 - LAPD Chief Bernard Parks addresses Rampart scandal. 2000 - Geronimo Ji Jaga (Pratt) first public appearance after 27 years imprisonment. 2000 - The late Ossie Davis appears to advocate the stay of Mumia Abu Jamal’s execution. 2000 - Minister Farrakhan’s first appearance at the UIBF during the 2000 Democratic National Convention. 2001- South African Parliament Member, Minnie Mandela, in the United States on a Racial Reconciliation Fact Finding Mission, appears at the UIBF during her Los Angeles visit. 2001 - A pensive Tavis Smiley contemplates his comeback in his first L.A. public appearance after his firing at BET.
  17. 17. 19 2002 - NFL Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, attends UIBF upon his release from a self-imposed jail sentence to discuss the prison industrial complex and its disproportionate control over black males in America's new racism construct. 2003 - LAUSD School Board Member Genethia Hudley-Hayes discusses education reform. 2003 - Jessie Jackson, Sr. makes second appearance at the Urban Issues Forum just before 2004 Presidential election season begins. 2004 - Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., appears at the UIBF to discuss education becoming a "civil right." 2004 - Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree discusses equality 50 years after Brown vs. Board of Education. 2004 - Minister Farrakhan returns to UIBF to discuss “Revisiting the Million Man March.” 2004 - Civil Rights Living Legend, the late Dorothy Height, appears at the UIBF to discuss her life autobiography, Open Wide The Freedom Gates: A Memoir.
  18. 18. 20 2005 - Atty LeGrand Cleqq uncovers the “Makeover” of King Tut. 2005 - The Dean of Black Politicians, Mervyn Dymally, discusses government reform initiatives. 2006 - Commission on Race member Angela Oh discusses Black/Korean relations14 years after the riots. 2005 - Author/Anti-Death Penalty Activist, Barbara Becnel, appears at the UIBF to discuss death penalty reform after witnessing the execution of imprisoned gang reformist, Stanley "Tookie" Williams. 2005 - LAPD Chief William Bratton came to the UIBF to respond to community concerns over the killing of 13 year old, Devin Brown. 2006 - Judge Greg Mathis talks about life and second chances.
  19. 19. 21 2006 - Senator Obama “Baracks” the UIBF with the Audacity of Hope book signing. 2006 - Former Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders and L.A. AIDS activist, Phil Wilson discuss “Where do we go from here” on the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the AIDS virus. 2007 - Assemblywoman Karen Bass returns to the UIBF as majority leader to talk about the state of blacks in California. 2007 - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa makes his third appearance, second as mayor. 2007 - L.A.’s first black Fire Chief, Doug Barry comes to the UIBF to discuss reforms in L.A. Fire Dept. 2006 - Anti-Racism Activist/Author, Tim Wise, appears at the UIBF to discuss the current state of racism in America.
  20. 20. 22 2008 - Author/Scholar, Michael Eric Dyson reflects on the 40th Anniversary of the King Assassination, as WLCAC hosts the UIBF in Watts, California. 2008 - Civil Rights Activist, Rev. Al Sharpton, appears at the UIBF to discuss the role of social activism in the historical Presidential elections. 2008 - Former Essence Editor/Commentator, Susan Taylor, discusses the launch of the National Cares Movement to mentor one million black youth. 2008 - Olympic Gold Medalist and Black Power Protestant, Tommie Smith, reflects on 40 years after Mexico City Olympics. 2008 - The nation’s pre-eminent intellectual, Dr. Cornel West, ponders if “Race Matters” 15 years after his landmark book. 2009 - Actor/Activist Isaiah Washington advocates for Africa re-connection.
  21. 21. 23 2009 - Civil Rights Icon and Bill Clinton BFF, Vernon Jordan, makes his point at the Urban Issues Forum. 2010 - Television Host/Author, Tavis Smiley, and Professor/Author, Dr. Cornel West, return to the UIBF in an action packed "doubleheader" appearance to discuss black history and lead a tour of Smiley’s historical exhibit, AMERICA I AM. 2010 - Actress/Author/Pop Culture Icon, Pam Grier, discusses her life "In Three Acts" and signs her book at the UIBF. 2010 - Presiding Bishop of the Church of God In Christ, Charles E. Blake, returns to the UIBF to discuss his landmark work, Saving Africa's Children. The URBAN ISSUES FORUM would like to thank each and every one of the over 20,000 individuals who have attended, at least, one of our breakfast forums over the past ten years of its existence. The success of the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum of Greater Los Angeles could not have been achieved without the support and participation of the community it was designed to serve. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.
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