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Hon. Ron Dellums
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U.S. Congresswoman Barbara J. Lee
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The 4th Annual CA HI NAACP Legacy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
3rd Annual CA HI NAACP Legacy Hall of Fame
The 3rd Annual CA HI NAACP Legacy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held February 2, 2015 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. The event included an induction ceremony, art exhibit, presentation of the awards and a symposium on civil rights and sports. This is an annual event which honors community leaders. The CA HI NAACP Living Legacy Award was presented to Hon. Kevin M. Johnson, Mayor of the City of Sacramento.
NAACP honors Mayor Johnson with Living Legacy Award
Johnson mc's panel discussion on civil rights and sports
From the Sacramento Bee - By Cathy Locke and Ryan Lillis
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson turned an awards ceremony in his honor into a opportunity to engage mentors and friends in a discussion of civil rights and the African American struggle for equality in sports, on and off the playing field.
Johnson was honored Monday night by the California Chapter of the NAACP with a Living Legacy Award during a ceremony at Crocker Art Museum. In acknowledgment of the recognition, Johnson said he wanted to engage five close friends in the discussion.
Participating in the Civil Rights and Sports Symposium’s panel were former Major League Baseball managers Dusty Baker and Jerry Manuel; sociologist and former UC Berkeley professor Harry Edwards; basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and former San Francisco Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
Each influenced Johnson greatly growing up and during his sports and political careers, he said.
Johnson has emerged as a prominent voice in the national civil rights debate following violent police incidents in Ferguson, Mo., Staten Island, N.Y., and Cleveland. He has pushed for a more diverse police force in Sacramento and convened a series of town hall forums on police relations in the last year.
Violence, including that committed by blacks against blacks, must be addressed, panel members said. During the period that 6,800 American troops were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, Edwards said, more than 27,000 young African Americans were killed in the United States.
With Johnson posing the questions and serving as moderator, the discussion ranged from what Edwards, a consultant to the San Francisco 49ers, thought about letting coach Jim Harbaugh go last December – a poor decision, he said – to weightier issues of paying college athletes and an influx of professional players from other countries joining U.S. baseball teams.
Baker, Manuel and Edwards said African Americans are losing ground in baseball, a game that offers greater longevity for athletes than football and basketball. Baker, who grew up in Carmichael, said baseball has become an expensive sport for youths, with pay-for-play teams, travel costs and bats costing $300. It now costs $3,000 to $5,000 per child to play baseball, he said.
Edwards, noting that he worked for a time as director of parks and recreation in Oakland, said that as white, middle-class residents left cities and moved to suburbs, they took resources with them. Urban sports and recreation programs, once a training ground for African American youths, deteriorated. Not only are programs lacking, he said, but parks where urban youths once played are dangerous places today.
In 1971, Edwards said, 21 percent of American Major League Baseball players were African American. “Now,” he said, “it’s 8 percent and declining.”
One reason for the decline, he said, is the influx of players from Latin American countries, like the Dominican Republic and Panama, which have academies that train youths for professional baseball careers.
“We can’t compete with that,” Edwards said.
Panel members also said it is time for colleges to pay their athletes. The NCAA is serving as a minor league for the National Basketball Association and National Football League, Abdul-Jabbar said. College football and basketball teams are money-makers for their institutions, and “the people who put the people in the seats,” he said, should be compensated.
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2015 Living Legacy Award Recepient - The Honorable Kevin M. Johnson
Mayor Kevin Johnson was elected as the 55th mayor of the City of Sacramento in November 2008 and re-elected to a second term in June 2012. He is the first African American to be elected to the office. Beyond Sacramento, Mayor Johnson has elevated Sacramento's profile as the capitol city of California - the 8th largest economy in the world. To that end, the Mayor has taken on a range of national leadership positions, including his current roles as President of the US Conference of Mayors, Chair of US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Mayors Advisory Council, Chair of the National Resilient Communities for America Campaign, and member of the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
2014 Living Legacy Award Recepient - The Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Two-term Mayor of San Francisco, legendary Speaker of the California State Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century, Willie L. Brown, Jr., has been at the center of California politics, government, and civic life for an astonishing four decades. His career spans the American Presidency from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush, and he’s worked with every California Governor from Pat Brown to Arnold Schwarzenegger. From civil rights to education reform, tax policy, economic development, health care, international trade, domestic partnerships, and affirmative action, he’s left his imprimatur on every aspect of politics and public policy in the Golden State.