Congresswoman Maxine Waters Celebrated at Black Women’s Forum

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (center) poses with Museum of African American Arts President, Berlinda Fontenot-Jamerson (right) and MAAA Board of Directors member, Elizabeth “Betty” Johnson (left). (MESIYAH MCGINNIS/ LA SENTINEL)

Over 50 people gathered and loaded two buses February 18 at the Black Women’s Forum office to attend the foundation’s latest community event. The group drove through Los Angles, visiting museums and art galleries in local and modest areas from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Locals, LAUSD officials, journalists, friends and industry professionals, cruised through popular neighborhoods discovering underrated sceneries with Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

“We have wonderful, creative activities in our own community,” Waters said.

“We’re going to show people that we have this talent and they should avail themselves of it, because often times are children are saying things cost too much, they don’t know where to go without spending a lot of money.”

The Black Women’s Forum has been around for almost 30 years.

“It was founded by the former owner of the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper Ruth Washington, Mrs. Ethel Bradley, (wife to the first Black city Mayor Tom Bradley) and myself,” Waters explained.

“We started because we wanted to bring to the Los Angeles area individuals who were accomplishing things, who had ideas, who had worked hard to get certain projects done and who had been successful at it.”

BWF is not as active as they were in previous years, however, in 2015, the organization produced a gala and roundtable themed “Standing In The Gap” to honor mothers of slain unarmed men. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden, Ezell Ford’s mother Tritobia Ford, Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr and Tamir E. Rice’s mother Samaria Rice were present.

“People were able to hear firsthand what they had gone through and didn’t have to get sound bites from the television and newspapers,” Waters said.

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Source: LA Sentinel | Shonassee Shaver

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