March 28, 2013
By Allison Arnold
Special to the LAWT
BAPAC State President Percy Pinkney celebrated his birthday surrounded by community leaders, elected officials, celebrities, BAPAC Members, and friends. This event was a special one for Mr. Pinkney, as he was given honor for being the longest-standing Senior Advisor to a United States Senator. Countless well-wishers gathered at Byblos Restaurant in West LA to pay tribute to Mr. Pinkney for his work over the past 35 years with BAPAC and 25 years with Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Percy has served as a special confidante and advisor to Senator Feinstein even before her first bid for Governor of California. With his help as her Los Angeles-based Senior Advisor, Senator Feinstein has become one of the most popular and powerful elected officials in the United States. Throughout her tenure Mr. Pinkney has helped keep the Senator appraised of the needs of the community and has served as her representative during events and outreach. Recently, Mr. Pinkney helped to marshal community support for her Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, which would ban the manufacture of over 150 specific types of assault weapons. He continues to give his support and expertise to the continuing battle to get such a measure passed.
The festive evening included visits by elected officials, a saxophone solo by Rev. Dr. Alvin McKinney, and an extra-special Happy Birthday performance by the legendary Freda Payne.
2013 is shaping up to be the busiest year ever for Mr. Pinkney, as he prepares for a full year of community-minded programs as well as BAPAC’s 35th Annual Convention in October. The large turnout of this event shows how many lives Percy Pinkney has personally touched in his years of service to the Senator and the Community.
“Percy is truly like family to all those who know him,” said BAPAC Communications Director Allison Arnold.