Join Mayor Karen Bass; Dr. Lura Daniels-Ball, President, Our Authors Study Club, Inc.; Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Council President and Councilman, Second District; the Los Angeles City Council; Curren D. Price, President Pro Tempore, Los Angeles City Council, Councilman Ninth District; Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Councilman, Eighth District; Heather Hutt, Councilwoman, Tenth District; Board of Public Works President Pro Tempore Mike Davis and the Board of Public Works; the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA); Honorary Chair Michael Lawson, President, and CEO, of the Los Angeles Urban League; and the 2023 African American Heritage Month Committee to officially commemorate and celebrate the Opening of African American Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles.
At this online celebration, presentations will be made to the 2023 Living Legends Honorees: producer, actor, and recording artist, Ice Cube; Urban Contemporary Gospel and Christian R&B recording artist, Erica Campbell; and R&B recording artists Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., as well as to the 2023 Hall of Fame Honorees: Law – The Honorable Eric Holder, Former U.S. Attorney General (retired); Labor – Yvonne Wheeler, President, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor; Higher Education/Medicine – Dr. David Carlisle, President, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science; and Government – The Honorable Herb Wesson, Jr., the first African American President of the Los Angeles City Council (retired). KABC Morning Show co-anchor Leslie Sykes will be the Mistress of Ceremonies.
Please visit the 2023 African American Heritage Month Exhibition on the Henry P. Rio Bridge Gallery at City Hall.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s national theme for Black History Month is Black Resistance. We honor this theme and salute the present and past members of Our Authors Study Club, Inc., who first partnered with the City 73 years ago in 1950 to celebrate our history of accomplishment and resilience while looking forward to the future to excite and encourage others to join in keeping Black history alive and vibrant. [Read the full executive summary on the 2023 theme: Black Resistance online at asalh.org.]
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