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|Bay Area Heroes Chosen For 2004 Black History Month|
Artist, civil rights attorney, affordable housing advocates among those to be honored in February
San Francisco -- In conjunction with Black History Month in February, six Bay Area residents will be recognized in the ninth annual Local Hero Awards, a program honoring outstanding members of the African American community. The 2004 recipients are:
James Bell (San Francisco), attorney, The W. Haywood Burns Institute
Reverend Edgar Boyd and Maxwell Gillette (San Francisco), affordable housing advocates, Bethel A.M.E. Church
Sylester Flowers (Pleasanton), business leader, Ramsell Corporation
Jennifer Jackson (East Palo Alto), community activist, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Pediatric Health Van
Arnold White (Oakland), artist, Galleria Arnold White
Nominated by members of the community, Black History Month local heroes are selected for their exceptional commitment and contributions to the Bay Area through the arts, business, community activism, education and social services. Union Bank of California and KQED Public Broadcasting sponsor and produce the program, which includes a special awards ceremony on February 5 at the KQED studios. Short television segments about each of the winners will run throughout February on KQED Public Television in conjunction with over 30 special programs on the African American experience.
"These individuals work tirelessly and with tremendous dedication to make our community a much better place, and they do it without expecting any recognition," said Union Bank Senior Vice President Stephen L. Johnson. "This is our opportunity to say thank you for their contributions." Johnson explained that this awards program is part of an initiative sponsored by the bank to honor the contributions of the many ethnic unsung heroes throughout California.
KQED Public Broadcasting considers Black History Month a great opportunity to honor the achievements of the Bay Area's African American community. "Black History Month is a critical part of KQED's ongoing commitment to diverse communities," says KQED Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer John Boland. "Through educational and entertaining programs that highlight the African American experience, KQED is able to celebrate Black History Month with the African American community it serves."
KQED public television will feature programs such as America Beyond the Color Line with acclaimed scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; American Experience's Murder of Emmitt Till; and independent documentary films on legendary figures such as Nat Turner, leader of the Southampton Insurrection of 1831, and Jimmy Scott, jazz vocalist. For more information on programs airing on KQED in honor of Black History month please visit kqed.org.
Based in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a bank holding company with assets of $42.6 billion at September 30, 2003. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank of California, N.A., has 278 banking offices in California, 4 banking offices in Oregon and Washington and 20 international facilities. The company's Web site is located at uboc.com.
KQED Public Broadcasting operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.