Our Women For Racial Justice Breakfast is an annual conference celebrating and working towards racial justice. Every October, the YWCA honors a woman at the forefront of the fight towards racial justice and brings together the Pasadena community in recognition of their work and to further the cause.
On October 17th over 400 guests attended the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley's Women for Racial Justice Breakfast. The event began with the YWCA Board President Angeline Chen and Executive Director Jessica Kubel leading the attendees in the Racial Justice Pledge to reaffirm their commitment to lead their lives everyday with the principles of equality and justice in mind. This sentiment was echoed in the powerhouse speech given by 2016 Racial Justice Award Recipient Dr. Melina Abdullah. She spoke on the necessity of everyone to do their part for racial justice, especially in the case of issues regarding race and police misconduct. "The only thing that we have to lose is our chains," Dr Abdullah said about taking part in social action. Keynote Speaker Dr. Robert Ross, CEO & President of the California Endowment, spoke about the necessity to also address the roots of inequality by improving the quality of education of students of color as well as the circumstances in which they receive that education. We were then treated to the poetry of Angela Aguirre, a fiery, funny, and powerful poet who has brought the house down for the past 3 years.
The event concluded with those in attendance singing "We Shall Overcome" (led by local singer Allisonne Crawford) together in the spirit of unity.
Thank you to the sponsors of this event for making it such a success! KAISER PERMANENTE, CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT, CITY NATIONAL BANK, ONYX HEALTHCARE, PCL CONSTRUCTION, WELLS FARGO, ALL SAINTS CHURCH, CALTECH, CAL STATE LA FOUNDATION, THRIVENT FINANCIAL, US BANK, US CONGRESSWOMAN JUDY CHU, PASADENA BLACK PAGES, PASADENA JOURNAL, PASADENA MAGAZINE, PASADENA NOW
Thank you also to all of our wonderful supporters who donated items for our first silent auction! Pasadena Playhouse, Red White and Bluezz Restaurant, MUSE/IQUE, Cheffelle, California Pizza Kitchen, LA Kings, Paula Stamp, Massage Envy - Hastings Ranch, Rebecca Medina, Halper Fine Art, Gayle Montgomery, Peggy Gala, April and David Ping, Jessica Kubel, Norton Simon Museum, The Kitchen Italian Restaurant, Hilton Pasadena, Huntington Library and Gardens, Green Street Restaurant, Sharp Seating, A Noise Within, Craft Hill Restaurant, Hope Demetriades, Museum of Tolerance, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Ice Skating Center, In-N-Out , Vroman's Bookstore, Jones Coffee, Nestle, Fantastic Sam's on Lake, Diana Burks-Goodman, Bella Sol the Salon, Avanti Italian Bistro, Museum of Latin American Art, El Portal Mexican Restaurant, Emily Huang, Los Angeles Natural History Museum
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