DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LEGACY AWARDS & BENEFIT GALA – MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017
2017 Gala Executive Committee:
Alice Goff, SCLC-SC Chairman, District President AFSME
Pastor William D. Smart SCLC-SC President & CEO
2017 Gala Participants:
William Allen Young, Master of Ceremonies, Actor Code Black – William is an American actor and philanthropist best known for his role as Frank Mitchell on UPN’s Moesha and directing a few episodes of the show. ha also made a guest appearance on UPN’s The Parkers as Frank Mitchell. His other television credits include The Day After, Matlock, Babylon 5, CBS’s JAG, Knots Landing, The Jeffersons, and The Women of Brewster Place, among other shows. He portrayed a recurring character on CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and a different recurring character on CBS’s CSI: Miami. William currently plays Dr. Rollie Guthrie on the CBS medical drama Code Black. He is the recipient of the NAACP Outstanding Social Achievement Award, USC Black Alumni Association Thomas Kilgore, Jr. Service Award, California Lottery Association Hero in Education Award, Black Hollywood Education Resource Center President’s Icon Award; Arts Council for the Disabled Humanitarian Service Award, and National Organization of Women at Work Man of the Year Award. He was recently inducted into the African-American Hall of Education and deemed an Ambassador of Goodwill by former President Bill Clinton.
Anne-Marie Johnson, Actress/Activist, Rosa Parks Humanitarien Award – Ms. Johnson, is a veteran actress of the big and small screen and is equally known by distinction for her work as a champion for diversity in Hollywood and for her selection as the first Black actor or actress to win the 2016 SAG-AFTRA Ralph Morgan Award. The highest honor awarded by SAG-AFTRA’s Los Angeles local’s highest honor giving to members or staff who go above and beyond in service to the membership. She served on both the boards of SAG and AFTRA while also working with the Women’s Political Committee in California. “The African-American Report,” which studies issues that concern African-American primetime performers, was created by Johnson and professors Dr. Darnell Hunt, and Dr. Patricia Heisser-Metoyer. Additionally, Johnson was SAG’s EEOC National Chair, a four-term First National Vice President, and was a member of AFTRA’s National Board.
Bob Schoonover, President SEIU 721, Drum Major for Justice Award – Bob has been leading the fight for justice and access to jobs and fair wages in the city of Los Angeles for more than 15 years. As a union steward and elected bargaining team member it has always been his goal to win strong contracts that protect quality public services and the workers who provide them. He is the President of SEIU Local 721, the largest public sector union in Southern California. Bob was elected to the presidency of Local 721 after rising through the union ranks. He has been a heavy-duty equipment mechanic with the City of Los Angeles since 1979. In addition to his work at Local 721, Bob also was elected twice to the SEIU International Executive Board. He was founding chair of the SEIU Republican Committee. He was also elected to the California Labor Federation, the Los Angeles County Labor Federation and the Los Angeles City Board of Deferred Compensation Administration.
Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Senior Pastor Holman UMC, Rev. Dr. Thomas Kilgore, Jr. Prophetic Witness Award – Rev. Kelvin Sauls,was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and brings to Holman United Methodist Church years of experience in, and passion for congregational vitalization for community transformation. A bridge-builder for cross-cultural and multi-ethnic congregational development in racially diverse communities, Rev. Sauls is excited about God’s plans and promises that come with his appointment to Holman. In his 16 years of ordained ministry, he has served both local churches and general agencies in the UMC. Prior to his appointment to Holman, he served as Executive Director for New Ministries in the Cal Pac Conference, Assistant General Secretary for Congregational Development & Racial Ethnic Ministries at the General Board of Global Ministries in New York, NY, and Director for Congregational Transformation at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN.
GregWory Akili, Intergenerational Bridge Builder, The President’s Award – Gregory Akili, has decades of proven Leadership. For almost 40 years, Greg Akili has fought to increase safety and security for our community on the local, state and national level. For over 4 decades, Akili has created, protected and improved the quality of thousands of jobs and services for our families and neighborhoods. A bridge builder from the beginning, Akili worked as an organizer for the United Farm Workers (UFW) under the leadership of the late Cesar Chavez. With the encouragement and support of Cesar, Akili helped form the United Domestic Workers (UDW) union in an historic effort to improve the working conditions and safety for thousands of African-American and Latino female home care workers throughout California. In his time with the legendary civil rights organization, Akili helped coordinate the nationwide One Nation March to bring attention and assistance to America’s struggling families. His skill and effort helped bring tens of thousands of people to the nation’s capital to demand investment in jobs, quality schools and healthcare.
Rev. William Monroe Campbell, Senior Pastor, Mt. Gilead MBC, Special SCLC Anniversary Commemorative Award – Rev. William Monroe Campbell, is the Senior Pastor of the Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church, located in South Los Angeles. He is a native of Los Angeles who grew up in the Palm Lane Housing Project that was located on the site now occupied by the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital. He also grew up in the Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles during the pastorates of the Reverend Dr. J. Raymond Henderson and the Reverend Dr. Thomas Kilgore Jr. Under the leadership of Rev. Kilgore, Rev. Campbell serve in several support roles for SCLC out west. He has the distinction of living the history of SCLC through the years and is an invaluable historic resource. He has served in wide ranging church and community leadership roles, including President of the Black American Baptist Caucus of Los Angeles and the Pacific Southwest; Parliamentarian and Chair of Political and Community Outreach for the Baptist Ministers Conference of Los Angeles and Southern California; President of the Los Angeles Council of Churches; Coordinator of Community Outreach for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE); Coordinator of the 2000 African American Redistricting Committee; and Chair of the African American Clergy, Labor and Community Coalition.