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Rev. Ron and Mrs. Aziza Wright
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
Laboring faithfully to aid downtrodden people in Los Angeles is no easy task, yet Rev. Ron and Mrs. Aziza Wright have quietly committed decades to that cause. Without fanfare or much recognition, the Wrights have garnered multiple success stories while serving the church, neighborhoods and the recovery movement.
Now, after years of dedicated service, religious leaders, elected officials and the community at large have united to present a major tribute to Rev. and Mrs. Wright for their many outstanding and selfless contributions to the greater metropolitan area. The event will be held on Sunday August 21, at 4 p.m., at Bryant Temple A.M.E. Church, 2525 West Vernon Avenue in Los Angeles.
"For more than 25 years, the ‘Wright Team' has been making significant, though sometimes unheralded, contributions to our community. Rev. Ron Wright is the co-founder of the nationally acclaimed ‘Free-N-One,' a faith-centered substance abuse recovery program. Rev. Wright was the genius behind the original "Holy Hookup" and the "Holy Hookup - Next Generation," said the Rev. Dr. Clyde W. Oden, pastor of Bryant Temple and event coordinator.
"Mrs. Aziza Wright has over 30 years of experience providing exceptional administrative and executive functions to social service agencies in South Los Angeles. We want to honor their unwavering commitment to service with this gala, community tribute," he said.
A slate of local and national leaders are serving as honorary co-chairs. They are Bishop Charles E. Blake, presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.; the Rev. Dr. Kelvin T. Calloway, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles; Dr. Bowen Chung, Ms. Loretta F. Jones, CEO of Healthy African American Families; the Rev. Dr. Frank M. Reid III, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, MD; L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Elder Ron Simmons, Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, Ms. Virgie P. Walker, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, pastor emeritus of Trinity United Methodist Church in Chicago, IL; California State Senator Rod Wright, and Marian Wright Edelman, nationally recognized children's advocate.
"The afternoon tribute will include great preaching as well as music led by Bill Marshall who will conduct a Mass Reunion Choir comprised of anointed singers who previously served with the Wright family. Special guest soloist will be Martha Taylor La Croix, the daughter of Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor," said Dr. Oden.
Rev. Wright is the founding pastor of New Vision Church of Jesus Christ in Los Angeles. He formerly served as pastor at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles and St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Santa Barbara. Mrs. Wright is a member of numerous boards and committees including the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network (RTRN) External Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council of RCMR, which provides research in the area of health disparities in the aging minority populations.
"Also, Mrs. Wright is one of the first members of the Community Faculty cohort appointed to the Charles Drew University (CDU) faculty. The cohort was founded by Loretta Jones and Dr. Keith Norris, recent outgoing President of Charles Drew University," added Dr. Oden.
More information about the tribute is available by calling Dr. Oden at (323) 687-3729, emailing