Hundreds of drivers pulled into the lot of an Irwindale warehouse complex despite a stormy and chilly day to be a part of Southern California Edison's 7th annual celebration of Black History Month.Rainy weather could not dampen the enthusiasm of this eclectic crowd. Politicians, corporate executives, community activist, and inventors, mingled to celebrate an honored tradition of the sacrifice and gains of Black Americans. All were treated to technological demonstrations, speeches, as well as inventions by black American scientist.
SCE's Black History celebration is due in great part to co-founders David Ford and Afarah Board. "It was the perfect venue for Black History Month," says Ford. Using Edison's technology center as a focal point, small minority businesses could learn how to save on energy costs as Edison recognized the achievements of blacks during Black History Month.
SEC and the Southern California community implicitly embrace Ford and Board's idea. Seemingly the 550 who braved a chilly rainy day to be apart of the celebration are a testament to the event's success.
The program featured personal African American art treasures from the Bernard and Shirley Kinsey collection including 2 authentic Slave tags and a framed photo of the first Black Senators and their signatures.
Keynote speaker Timothy Simon, Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission, linked this country's sudden infatuation with politics, thanks to President Obama, and contributions of Black Americans in the growth of the United States. He warned those in attendance about the educational gap that persists between blacks whites in this country despite the advances in technology.
"We cannot have a another digital divide," says Simon. A point directed towards the senior executes in the audience. Noting the gap between blacks and whites access to the internet.
Guest were also treated to a delicious soul food fest which was caterec by Dulos.