(Pictured left-right) Danny Bakewell, Sr., Brotherhood Crusade Chairman of the Board; Charisse Bremond Weaver, President and CEO of the Brotherhood Crusade; Nancy Wilson, 2010 Pioneer of African American Achievement Award recipient; and Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES – Over 800 guests celebrated with the Brotherhood Crusade as they feted musical song stylist, legend and humanitarian, Nancy Wilson, recipient of the 2010 Pioneer of African American Achievement Award. The event took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Ms. Wilson was honored for her courage in breaking down barriers for economic, social, political and moral justice. Berry Gordy, Arsenio Hall, Bill Duke, Congresswoman Diane Watson, Congresswoman-elect Karen Bass, Dawnn Lewis, William Allen Young, Bishop Carolyn Guidry, Union Leaders Laphonza Butler and Maria Elena Durazo, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas and Master of Ceremonies Chris Schauble were in attendance, as well as a wide variety of state and local governmental and civic leaders. Jazz great Patti Austin provided the evening’s musical entertainment.
Sponsors of the dinner included Verizon, Wells Fargo, and Fuserna Foundation, Bank of America, Ivie, McNeill& Wyatt, Los Angeles Sentinel, Northern Trust, Northrop Grumman, and Southwest Airlines, among others.
The Brotherhood Crusade is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution founded in 1968 to provide necessary resources, supportive services and a voice of advocacy to traditionally underserved communities.