|Posted by Alonda Nicole on January 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM|
FAMU SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER HOSTS
THE 17th ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON
Philanthropists Bernard and Shirley Kinsey to serve as speakers
Proceeds Provide Scholarships to California Students Attending FAMU
LOS ANGELES – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) National Alumni Association Southern California Chapter presents the 17th Annual Black History Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, 251 South Olive Street. Under the theme “Ratter Renaissance,” this year’s speakers are philanthropists/art patrons Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, owners of the Kinsey Collection, an extensive African American art exhibit currently on display at the Smithsonian and one of the largest African American art/historical collections in the nation. Be prepared to learn about the fascinating accomplishments and triumphs of our ancestors in building America.
The Kinseys began collecting art and historical documents years ago when they realized that their young son, Khalil, wasn’t learning enough about his history in school. Their private treasure of paintings, sculpture and artifacts from the 1600s filled the walls and halls of their home. . They soon realized that this rich cultural and historical collection must be shared with the world where it is presently at the Smithsonian American History Museum where over two million people will see the exhibition through May 1, 2011. At the luncheon, the Kinseys will present their nationally recognized program, “What you didn’t learn in High School History.”
The luncheon kicks off with a jazz mimosa hour at 11 a.m. followed by the program, hosted by NBC Channel 4 news anchor Chris Schauble. The event is a platform to recognize outstanding leaders in the African American community. This year’s Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Award honorees are Chris Floyd, executive director of the Los Angeles Opportunities Industrialization Centers and Sandra Evers-Manly, Vice President of Ethics & Diversity for Northrop Grumman. Additionally, the 2011 FAMU Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Antonio York II, former chapter president; and Ruth Bernadine Tucker, retired educator. The chapter has invited special guests from FAMU, including President James H. Ammons and VP, University Relations, Carla Willis.
Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships to California students attending FAMU. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at www.larattlers.org and available at Will Call. For more information, please contact Monique Brackett at (310) 295-4791 or [email protected].
Florida A&M University is the nation’s largest Historically Black University, graduating more African Americans than any other university in the nation. The FAMU-NAA luncheon has grown over the past 17 years to become one of the key events for Black History Month in Los Angeles. In that time, the FAMU NAA Southern California Alumni Chapter has raised more than $850,000 and provided scholarships to over 100 California students attending FAMU.
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