February 07, 2013
LAWT Staff Report
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of West Angeles Community Development Corporation (CDC), will bestow the Unity Award for Man of the Year to Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson on Thursday evening, February 7, 2013 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“Council President Herb Wesson has been a big proponent of our efforts to reduce blight, preserve homeownership and infuse economic vitality in the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles,” says Bishop Blake.
“It’s a special honor for me to be recognized by Bishop Blake and the West Angeles family,” said Wesson. “Bishop Blake has been an inspiration to me and our community for many years. Through his dedication and service, he has set an example and blazed a trail that more of us should follow. This special honor inspires me to work harder, reach higher and continue to deliver for God and our community."
“I think West Angeles CDC could not have a better honoree than our own City Council President Herb Wesson,” stated Charisse Bremond, Brotherhood Crusade CEO. “He is a true leader, visionary and person who cares about the community at its core. I salute you Herb! Well deserved.”
“I have known the council president for many years and I think it couldn’t have come to a better person to amplify the ability to get people to compromise and come together and get things done for people,” added Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles NAACP. “I think it’s a wonderful award and I think it couldn’t go to a better person.”
“City Council President Herb Wesson has proven he is a leader where ever he goes,” says Yvonne Burke, former L.A. County Supervisor. “In the Assembly, he moved up to Speaker and is now President of the City Council. He does it because he takes a deep interest in people and their problems. It doesn't hurt that he knows how to get things done.”
Past honorees include Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
More than 500 community, corporate and political leaders, along with mayoral and city council candidates, are expected to attend. The event begins at 6pm for the reception, dinner follows at 7:30pm.
The West Angeles CDC Annual Unity Awards is the first major event celebrating African American History Month in Southern California. This year, the Unity Awards will commemorate 150 years since the end of slavery in America.
Established in 1995, The Unity Awards recognizes the achievements and examples of leaders from politics, entertainment and business that support faith-based community development.
West Angeles CDC will also honor Freddie Mac with the Unity Award for Outstanding Corporate Citizen. “We have been impressed with the efforts of Freddie Mac to bring about recovery of the housing market across the nation and in our community with a spirit of partnership,” says Tunua Thrash, Executive Director of West Angeles CDC.
The mission of West Angeles CDC is to alleviate poverty, increase social and economic justice and demonstrate compassion through the vehicle of community development. For nearly twenty years, West Angeles CDC has been at the forefront of promoting, facilitating and saving homeownership; developing blighted properties; conducting financial education and assisting families in emergency crises.