Brotherhood Crusade is Proud to Announce the 50th Anniversary Pioneer of African American Achievement Award Dinner is SOLD OUT

Brotherhood Crusade is Proud to Announce the 50th Anniversary Pioneer of African American Achievement Award Dinner is SOLD OUT
Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments to be Recognized as This Year's Distinguished Honoree.

Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments to be Recognized as This Year’s Distinguished Honoree.

Brotherhood Crusade is proud and extremely grateful to announce the 50th Golden Anniversary Pioneer of African American Achievement Award Dinner on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel is now completely SOLD OUT.

Charisse Bremond Weaver, Brotherhood Crusade’s President and CEO said, “We are deeply moved by all of our partners and friends who have been key in helping us reach this monumental milestone. Thank you to everyone for working with us to advance the mission and vision of Brotherhood Crusade throughout our 50-year history of serving the community with pride, compassion and commitment. To everyone who supported this event with sponsorships, purchasing tickets or tables, thank you for your generosity and for being a part of this historic occasion.”

For half a century, the prestigious Pioneer of African American Achievement Award Dinner has honored individuals that have made significant contributions in their respective industry and made an impact in the community through improving the quality of life for youth and families through education, advocacy and community building.

The theme for this year’s event is “Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Boundless with Brotherhood”. Hundreds of corporate and community leaders are expected to attend the award ceremony to join Brotherhood Crusade in the distinct honor of saluting this year’s award recipient, the illustrious business mogul Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, who was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time Magazine.

A profoundly respected captain of her industry, Mellody Hobson’s passion for financial literacy and investor education has her as a regular contributor for CBS News, expert advisor with weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and author for a column for Black Enterprise Magazine. In addition to serving as a financial expert in the media, Hobson channels her expertise in many boardrooms. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation, serves as a director of The Estée Lauder Companies and JPMorgan Chase. She is also former Chair of the Board of DreamWorks Animation.

As a Chicago-native, Hobson serves as Chair of After School Matters, a non-profit that provides Chicago teens with high-quality, out-of-school time programs. In addition, she is a board member of The Chicago Public Education Fund. In 2017, she became the first African-American woman to become Chair of the Economic Club of Chicago in its 90-year history. Beyond her philanthropic work in her hometown, Mellody Hobson is a board member of the Rockefeller Foundation, George Lucas Education Foundation, and Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. She has been awarded honorary degrees from Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, and St. Mary’s College. She earned her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy.

Mellody Hobson said, “I am such a fan of the Brotherhood Crusade’s efforts. For 50 years, this organization has changed lives. From financial literacy to leadership development to business training, Brotherhood Crusade provides pathways to growth and opportunity for thousands of children across Los Angeles.”

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The Iconic, Multi Award-Winning Recording Artist Charlie Wilson to Perform as the Featured Entertainment.

For the historic event’s featured entertainment, Brotherhood Crusade is extremely proud to present the iconic, multiple award-winning recording artist Charlie Wilson to perform this year. Charlie Wilson, also lovingly known as “Uncle Charlie”, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and lead vocalist of The Gap Band. As a solo artist he has been nominated for eleven Grammy awards and ten NAACP Image Awards, received a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award, and was a recipient of a BMI Icon Award in 2005. In 2009, he was named Billboard magazine’s No. 1 Adult R&B Artist, and his song “There Goes My Baby” was named the No. 1 Urban Adult Song for 2009 in Billboard Magazine. In 2013, he was recognized with a BET Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2018, he we was the recipient of the Rhapsody & Rhythm Award at the National Museum of African American Music Celebration of Legends.

Charlie Wilson stated, “I salute the Brotherhood Crusade and their continued commitment to the African American community in Los Angeles. I am honored to be a part of their 50th Anniversary celebration saluting Mellody Hobson.”

Charisse Bremond Weaver, Brotherhood Crusade’s President and CEO said, “We are thrilled to recognize Mellody Hobson as our distinguished honoree. She exemplifies everything we hold dear as an organization. Excellence. Education. Resourcefulness. A heart for the community. And striving for meteoric success in spite of humble beginnings. She has worked with our youth and has inspired them to think bigger. They will do more just by watching her example. She encourages them that with education and persistence, indeed, all things are possible.”

Bremond Weaver continued, “How do we begin to explain our excitement over the incomparable Charlie Wilson headlining the entertainment for our 50th Anniversary celebration? We could not think of an artist better suited to celebrate this momentous occasion. All we can say to our esteemed guests is get ready! We’ve got Uncle Charlie and we are going to C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E!”

The 50th Anniversary will welcome guests who have played a key role in the organization’s history, including partners, donors, sponsors, elected officials, community leaders and volunteers.

The Brotherhood Crusade was founded in 1968 by civil rights activist Walter ‘Walt’ Bremond. For 35 years, businessman, publisher and civil rights activist Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. led the organization. Today, Brotherhood Crusade President and CEO Charisse Bremond Weaver continues the legacy of her late father Walter Bremond and mentor, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., as she maintains partnerships and forges new alliances to build on the organization’s historic impact.

An organization with a rich legacy for making an impact in the Los Angeles community, Brotherhood Crusade’s principal mission is to champion equality and equity by removing and/or helping individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success in life and facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life via health & wellness, providing and enhancing educational opportunities, cultivating economic growth and building community agencies and institutions.


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