Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award

Paula Madison

Paula Williams Madison is an award-winning journalist and a former NBC executive. She was not only one of the few black executives in a leadership position at a major American media company, but she was also the first leader at NBC Universal with a portfolio dedicated to diversity issues. Currently, Madison serves as chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, a media consultancy company based in Los Angeles with global reach.

John W. Mack Legacy Award

Rev. James M. Lawson

Rev. Lawson is one of the Civil Rights Movement’s leading activists, theoreticians, and tacticians of nonviolence within the movement. He worked directly with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to train students and volunteers in nonviolent direct action and helped coordinate the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins in 1960. He went on to lead multiple historic protests and continues to serve as a role model and inspiration for Civil Rights advocacy.

Winston C. Doby Community Coalition Award

Gregory Annenberg Weingarten

Gregory Annenberg Weingarten is a Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation and founder of GRoW @ Annenberg, a philanthropic initiative of the Annenberg Foundation. Gregory’s philanthropic work is diverse both programmatically and geographically.  Gregory is an accomplished artist whose work has been shown in galleries and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.


Andre Farr

André Farr is a 30-year entrepreneurial executive in the business of sports and entertainment. Mr. Farr first gained acclaim as the President and CEO of House of Blues Sports; and again as the Chairman and CEO of the Black Sports Agents Association (BSAA).

Keynote Speaker

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Pastor, Author, Filmmaker


Debra langford

JP Morgan Chase

Honorary Co-Chair

Byron Allen

Owner & CEO, Entertainment Studios

Honorary Co-Chair

Percy Miller

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Gala Chair

Barry Simmons

Managing Director, JP MOrgan Chase

April 23, 2020

5:30PM – Red Carpet

6:00PM – Reception

7:00PM – Dinner & Program 

Intercontinental Los ANgeles Downtown

900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017


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