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Black History Month: Los Angeles

2011 Black History Month Heroes

2011 Black History Month Heroes - KCET


As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions in the African American community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the 14th Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors in conjunction with public television station KCET. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Black History Month programming from February 1 through 28.

Congratulations to our 2011 Local Heroes of the Year:

Charemaine_Jefferson_2011.jpg        Charmaine Jefferson
        California African American Museum 
        Los Angeles, CA 

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Charmaine Jefferson is the executive director of the California African American Museum. She is deeply dedicated to enriching her community and the lives of others through the promotion of artistic endeavors. Her innovative advocacy of arts education and programming has earned her wide acclaim in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Jefferson is also very committed to charitable works and philanthropic organizations. Her advisory board and consulting memberships are as varied as they are extensive, and she is particularly involved with the California Institute for the Arts, Arts for LA, and the California Arts Council.


Ruett_Rhonda_Foster_2011.jpg        Pastor Ruett Stephen Foster and Rhonda Foster
        Evan Leigh Foster Foundation 
        Compton, CA 

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Pastor Ruett Stephen Foster has over 30 years of experience as a teacher; counselor; and advocate for the children, youth, and families of Los Angeles. For the past 13 years, Pastor Foster has served as an ardent public activist for violence prevention. He became an assiduous advocate after the tragic and senseless loss of his innocent seven-year-old son, Evan, to gun violence in 1997. Pastor Foster and his wife, Rhonda, have partnered with several causes in the hopes of eradicating youth violence by instilling empathy and cultivating emotional growth in incarcerated youth.

Rhonda Foster has dedicated her life to helping children reconcile with their families and their communities as a whole. She and her husband, Pastor Foster, established the Evan Leigh Foster Foundation in memory of their son to provide care and services for children who have perpetrated crimes against society as a result of being separated or estranged from their families. Her commitment to youth is reflected in her position as the case manager for Community Build and the Gang Reduction Youth Development Program of Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa’s office. She coordinates therapy, tutoring, sports, arts activities, and life coaching for children between the ages of 10 and 15.

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Black History Month: San Diego

2011 Black History Month Heroes

2011 Black History Month Heroes - KPBS


As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions in the African American community. For the 13th consecutive year, Union Bank has partnered with KPBS to celebrate Black History Month.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank partners with public television station KPBS. The station broadcasts video profiles of the honorees throughout its Black History Month programming from February 1 through 28.

Congratulations to our 2011 Local Heroes of the Year:

Martha_Theo_Logan_2011.JPG        Theophilus and Martha R. (nee Nash) Logan
        Community Activists 
        San Diego, CA  

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Theophilus Logan has devoted his life to helping others. After serving in the United States Army for 20 years, Mr. Logan turned to his passion for real estate, helping buyers achieve what may sometimes seem an impossible dream of owning a home. Mr. Logan established Logan Real Estate in 1962 and in 1978 became the first African American president of the San Diego Board of Realtors. When he retired, his office became a landmark in the southeast community, where residents could seek advice and guidance regarding buying, selling, and investing in real estate.

Martha R. (nee Nash) Logan was taught to focus on the needs of others by her mother and grandmother after the death of her father when she was a baby. Ms. Logan recognized a great need for legal counseling in her San Diego community, earned her Juris Doctor degree, and in 1976 began practicing law with an emphasis on protecting senior citizens, and their assets, through estate planning and personal counseling. Ms. Logan is also a 60-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and has been an integral part of its local service programs for over 30 years.


Veverly_Anderson_2011.JPG        Veverly E. Anderson
        San Diego Community Housing Corporation and 
        Town & Country Village Learning Center 
        San Diego, CA  

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Veverly E. Anderson is devoted to bettering the lives and circumstances of underprivileged youth in the impoverished neighborhoods of southeast San Diego. Ms. Anderson is currently the community coordinator and youth program coordinator for the San Diego Community Housing Corporation and the Town & Country Village Learning Center, respectively. She has also made it her life’s mission to create opportunities that address the social and economic needs of children, their families, and their communities. After 14 years with the military, Ms. Anderson also worked as an outreach specialist for the Black Infant Health Program/SDSU Foundation and as a parent educator for the SAY San Diego Early Literacy Project.

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Black History Month: San Francisco

2010 Black History Month Heroes

2011 Black History Month Heroes - KQED


As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions in the African American community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the 16th Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors in conjunction with public television station KQED. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Black History Month programming from February 1 through 28. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on KQED 9 on Sunday, February 20, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. 

Congratulations to our 2011 Local Heroes of the Year:

Clayborne_Carson_2011.jpg        Dr. Clayborne Carson
        Stanford University, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
        Stanford, CA

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Dr. Clayborne Carson, founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, has devoted his professional life to the study of Dr. King and the movements he inspired. Dr. Carson has served Atlanta’s Morehouse College as a Martin Luther King, Jr. distinguished professor and executive director of the King Collection. He has also been a visiting professor/fellow at American University, the University of California at Berkeley, Emory University, Harvard University, the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.


Naa_Dodua_2011.jpg        Naa Dodua (Diane Green) 
        From Heart to Hand
        Oakland, CA

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Naa Dodua, also known as Diane Green, is a widely respected community leader, mentor, educator, artist, and social entrepreneur known for her efforts on behalf of at-risk, inner-city youth. She is the founder and director of From Heart to Hand, an organization specializing in education, international relations, and Rites of Passage programs for African youth and young adults. Through her efforts, Ms. Dodua strives to change the current structure of violence and poverty to one of peace, to be of service to humanity, and to promote entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency in our local communities.


Carolyn_Dyson_2011.jpg        Reverend Carolyn Dyson, M.A. 
        African American Breast Health and Sister to Sister Breast Health, 
        California Pacific Medical Center 
        San Francisco, CA

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Having beaten breast cancer 10 years ago, Reverend Carolyn Dyson now fights the disease on behalf of African American and other at-risk communities through the promotion of early detection, breast cancer education, and partnership building. Reverend Dyson is the manager of community health advocacy and outreach at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), where she heads both the African American Breast Health and Sister to Sister Breast Health programs. She has also served as spokesperson for CPMC before both the Health Committee and the Budget Committee of the California State Legislature and founded the Over-Flowing Cup Breast Health program.


JoLynn_Washington_2011.jpg        JoLynn Washington 
        Jose Ortega Elementary School  
        San Francisco, CA

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JoLynn Washington began working at Jose Ortega Elementary School in 1990, unaware that she was embarking on her life calling. She taught first and second grades, served as a reading coach, and brought professional development opportunities to the teaching staff. In 2006, Ms. Washington became principal, and in 2010 the school reached an Academic Performance Index of 811 for the first time. Ms. Washington believes that a good education can give children freedom and encourage them to break negative cycles and that educators are responsible for encouraging students to maximize their natural gifts to achieve academic success.

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