Bethune Recognition Luncheon Honors Five Outstanding Women
Diahanna BrownThe National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Southern California Area is hosting their 35th Annual Bethune Recognition Luncheon Oct. 24, at the Doubletree Inn, 2800 Via Cabrillo Ave., in San Pedro. Five outstanding women will be honored for their dedication to NCNW and work in the areas of education, business, community leadership humanitarianism, and volunteerism.
The Bethune Recognition Luncheon is held each year to honor the work of NCNW and recognize women in the community who make a difference in the quality of life for all people. The event attracts more than 400 members, community organizations and local residents. This year's award recipients are Noma LeMoine, Ph.D., Diahanna Brown, Faith Culbreath, Carolynn Martin-Person, and Evelyn Metoyer-Williams.
Dr. Noma LeMoine has been tabbed to receive the Distinguished Educator award for her 35 years of service to the education community. A nationally recognized expert on issues of language and literacy acquisition and learning in African American and other underachieving students, Dr. LeMoine is a highly sought-after consultant to colleges, universities, and school districts nationwide. Dr. LeMoine holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California with a specialization in Language, Literacy, and Learning and she holds two Master's degrees. Dr. LeMoine has authored numerous articles, chapters, and books on advancing language acquisition and learning in African American Standard English Learners. She writes curriculum, designs and conducts professional development for teachers, administrators, para-educators, and parents nationwide and consults with institutions of higher learning and K-12 schools relative to increasing academic achievement in underperforming students.
Faith Culbreath is being honored with the Distinguished Community Leader Award for her work in organizing the Security Officers United of Los Angeles (SOULA), Local 2006. Culbreath was at the forefront of the fight to organize security officers in Los Angeles, the largest organizing campaign of African American workers in the history of the Labor Movement since A. Philip Randolph organized the Sleeping Car Porters in 1925. Culbreath was appointed president of SOULA in May 2007 and within eight months was instrumental in negotiating an historical landmark agreement for security officers that included a 40 percent increase in wages and benefits for commercial real estate security officers. The deal set the stage for security officer contracts around the country.
Honors for excellence in the corporate world will go to Herbalife's Diahanna Brown, senior director of the brand's North American Sales and Marketing unit. Brown joined the weight management, vitamin supplement giant in 1992 and quickly rose through the ranks. In her position as senior director, she oversees operations for sales and marketing throughout the entire North American region. In April 2008, Brown launched the company's first African American Initiative, which seeks to educate the African American community about healthy nutrition. Brown is also active in the community. She sits on the board of directors for the Carson Boys & Girls Club and continues to partner with leading organizations such as The K.I.S Foundation for Sickle Cell and The Union Rescue Mission.
Community activism and humanitarianism have been a part of Carolynn Martin-Person's life since she was a young girl growing up in Ogden, Utah. Tabbed to receive the Outstanding Humanitarian award, Martin-Person's passion for helping others stems from her grandmother, a NCNW member who was personally acquainted with NCNW founder Mary McLeod Bethune. As project coordinator for the Women Alive Coalition, an HIV/AIDS advocacy agency for women infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, Martin-Person is dedicated and passionate about her work of providing improved services for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Martin-Person serves as co-chair for the National Black HIV AIDS Aware Day Coalition Los Angeles and in that role promotes HIV education, program design, community mobilization outreach training for schools, churches, civic groups and the development, design and implementation of ways to increase capacity for various organizations. She is also involved with the DIVA Foundation which organizes and holds a benefit concert each year to raise money for Sister Circle South Africa and other domestic AIDS service organizations.
A member of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. for 16 years, Dr. Evelyn Metoyer-Williams, PhD, is this year's Outstanding Volunteer award recipient. She is a Legacy Life Member, Life Member, has been a Silver Achiever for two years and an Achiever for eight years. She is currently a member of the Bethune Section and Life Members Guild. In 2008, Dr. Metoyer-Williams was re-elected to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) from the 47th Assembly District. In July 2008, she was elected to a fifth term as Region4 vice-chair. In this position, she promotes party activities, recruits, and works for the election of democratic candidates for the 47th, 48th, 51st, and 52nd Assembly Districts. She has been the LACDP event chair for John F. Kennedy and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt fundraiser dinners for more than twelve years, and is recognized by the Who's Who of Los Angeles Black Association. A past president of the National Association of University Women, Los Angeles Branch and Phi Delta Kappa, Los Angeles Chapter, Dr. Metoyer-Williams serves on the local NCNW Building Fund Committee and currently serves as the vice chairwoman for the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee. Dr. Metoyer-Williams has traveled extensively with the People to People Ambassador Association under the direction of presidents of the United States. These travel experiences include visits to England, Japan, Russia, and the Czech Republic.
Tickets to the luncheon are $50.
For tickets and information contact the NCNW office at 323-299-9751.