BEA honorees were (from left, front) Lark Galloway-Gilliam, Noreen McClendon, Yolanda Washington-Trice, Mother Love, Cynthia Willard, Attorney Victor Manrique, (back) Clinton Galloway, Dr. L. Gail Garrett, Attorney Karl H. Henry, Lady Yvette Williams, and Mark A. Williams.Judge Joe BrownLady Yvette Williams and Mother Love
By Bronda Everett-EagansContributing Religion Writer
The Black Employees Association (BEA) successfully held its 40th Anniversary celebration and honors luncheon celebrating service to public service employees, their families and communities.
Over 150 people were in attendance at Brookins Community AME Church including Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, a longtime BEA member, and fellow Stentorians. The master of ceremonies was Attorney Theodore Eagans, Esq., and Bennie Thomas served as award presenter.
Honoree Mother Love of L.A. Talk Radio entertained the audience with her oratorical flair. Queen Rev. Dr. Adwoa Afi Nyamekye presented BEA's history.
The Honorable Judge Joe Brown was unable to attend, but provided encouraging words in his videotaped acceptance speech where he also acknowledged 50 years of friendship to his ‘unidentical twin,' Attorney Eagans. He said BEA's campaign for ‘Framework for Fairness Beyond 2012' was a very interesting theme and he offered some suggestions.
According to Judge Joe Brown, "If you are a member of the BEA, you have demonstrated that you have some work ethic, education and some ability to read and write. But there are so many that are not. Too many young males that have not had their man training nor male ritualization and do not know how to become men in their society so that they can make where they are a better, safer, more prosperous, and orderly place filled with ethics and morality and make it a good place to live." He also said, "We must dedicate ourselves to reaching out and bringing them into our places of employment. We must intervene so that the young men want to become men and the young women learn how to behave as ladies so they will at least get apprised of the necessity to raise their children successfully."
Lunch was catered by Chef Nneka Nyamakeye and served by Cross Connection and Marlena Miller, BEA Youth Coordinator.
Saxophonist Mark Allen Felton, veteran actor/singer Lee Weaver, and keyboardist Larry Nash provided entertainment. Musical Director was Andre Egans.