The Long Beach branch of the NAACP will honor “Village Elders” as part of its 2018 African-American History Month program on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10am to noon at The Grand Long Beach Events Center, 4101 E. Willow St.
The honorees are: Dr. Matthew and Roberta Jenkins for medicine and philanthropy; Margaret Brown for higher education; Rich Archbold for journalism; Alta Cooke for public education; Charlotte Berry for business and leadership; Marie Treadwell for community service; Mildred Whisenton for business and entertainment; Dr. Ruth Hayes for work in early childhood education; Dr. Beverly O’Neill for education and politics; Ernest McBride, Jr. for social justice; Dr. Gloria Willingham for promotion of health; Patricia Lofland for public service; Al Williams, musician and entrepreneur; Virgie Barnes, Long Beach Cancer League volunteer; Dr. Jerry Schubel, for work with the Aquarium of the Pacific and the environment; Dr. Alex Norman, for education, social justice and research; William Ward, for veterans rights and services; Charles Ussery, for his public service as a former Long Beach police chief; Doris Topsy-Elvord, for politics and probation work; Eugene and Ann Lentzner for philanthropy; Evelyn Knight, social-justice activism; Reverend Osie Leon Wood, Jr. for education and religion; and Rev. Joe Ealey for religion and religious leadership.
The following will be recognized posthumously: Judge Marcus Tucker and Indira Hale Tucker, for philanthropy and preservation of African-American history; former Long Beach Mayor Ernie Kell for public service; Reverend N.J. Kirkpatrick for religion and being founder of New Hope Home; and Henry Meyer, for philanthropy, community service and business, as well as surviving the Holocaust.
Honorees were selected through nominations starting in November 2017. The purpose of the program is to show appreciation for the contributions and achievements of elders in the community, especially African-Americans, according to the Long Beach branch, who added that it is also important to showcase supporters from other races that promoted the African-American story.
“As a proud African-American, I believe it is important to promote the diverse histories that make up our country,” said Long Beach NAACP branch President Naomi Rainey-Pierson. “This should happen not only during a certain month, but every opportunity we can. Every group has overcome difficulties that should be acknowledged.”
Admission to the event costs $20. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and mailing $20 per ticket to P.O. Box 1594, Long Beach, CA, 90801.
Source: LB Branch NAACP