Dr. Robert Ross

Dr. Robert Ross

*This Friday, November 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade will honor Dr. Robert K. Ross at its annual Pioneer of African American Achievement Awards Dinner.

Dr. Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment will be presented with the Bremond-Bakewell Award for his significant efforts to create healthy communities locally and throughout the country.

“Dr. Ross, a dedicated advocate and philanthropist, exemplifies our theme for this event, ‘Ways of Giving,’” said Charisse Bremond-Weaver, president and CEO of the Brotherhood Crusade.

Prior to his position at the California Endowment, Ross was director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego and commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia.

The prestigious award was named for Walter Bremond, founder of the Brotherhood Crusade and Danny J. Bakewell Sr., the organization’s institutional builder.

The evening’s emcees will be local KTLA TV news anchor Chris Schauble and 94.7 Wave radio personality Pat Prescott.

Another highlight of the evening will be a performance by Motown recording artist KEM. His latest album, What Christmas Means, was released this month and is predicted to be certified gold as were Kemistry, Kem Album II and Intimacy.



A survivor of drug abuse and homelessness, KEM gives back through his foundation, Mack & Third, Inc., a non-profit corporation that benefits Detroit’s homeless community.

For 44 years, the Brotherhood Crusade has served Los Angeles and surrounding communities, offering a range of services including health fairs that provide free medical, dental and eye exams; remedial tutoring; gang prevention; youth workforce development; restorative justice and positive behavior support advocacy; and financial literacy clinics.

The Brotherhood Crusade also provides a financial lifeline for a number of community agencies that serve seniors, youth and women who need shelter from domestic violence and more.

In its mission as a civil-rights advocacy organization, the Brotherhood Crusade has invested more than $60 million in community programs and services throughout Southern California.

The non-profit continues to add even more community services as it grows. On Nov. 15, 2012, 6-8 p.m., the public will get a chance to visit the new Youth Source Center on 54th Street and Crenshaw Blvd. for an “open house.” The center will target 17-21 year olds and offers financial literacy, life skills training, in addition to education and job resources.

Charisse Bremond

Charisse Bremond

“We are very appreciative of our partners and sponsors whose support and contributions aid our efforts to help our community,” said Bremond-Weaver. “Supporters for this year’s dinner include DirectTV, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Honda, Southwest Airlines, Law Offices of Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt, Los Angeles Sentinel, Microsoft, Northern Trust, the Barry Gordy Family Foundation, SEIU and many more.”

For more information regarding the Pioneer of African American Achievement Awards Dinner or the various Brotherhood Crusade programs, visit www.BrotherhoodCrusade.org.

Kathy Williamson is an urban/black entertainment and culture writer based in Southern California. Contact her via: [email protected].