Dc_awards_036Last night I was honored to receive the 30th Anniversary Lamplighter Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership from the Black Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

The BLF, headed by Gary Flowers, and previously by my friend Dr. Joseph Leonard, is the pre-imminent organization comprised of all major civil rights and social justice organizations in the United States, and Operation HOPE is honored to be one of them.

Jena Roscoe, HOPE’s chief of government relations, formerly from the Clinton Administration, and staff from the DC-Anacostia HOPE Center, also attended the gala event, which featured entertainment from world renown singer Regina Belle (and get her newest album…). Civil rights luminary, and my friend and mentor, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, chairwoman-emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women, is also the chairwoman-emeritus for life for BLF.

This should make us, and me, work even harder for the under-served both here and abroad.


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