IRWINDALE, Calif., Feb. 8, 2010 — Southern California Edison (SCE) recently celebrated its 8th Annual Black History Month Celebration, "Connecting The Evolution of Electricity to Black History", at its Customer Technology Application Center in Irwindale. The event is a demonstration of SCE's commitment to diversity and recognizes African Americans who have made contributions to electricity and technology.
The event's keynote speaker was Bernard Kinsey who spoke about African American history and historical artifacts. He discussed the "Shared Treasures of the Bernard and Shirley Kinsey", a collection of African American art, books and documents. Another special guest speaker at the event, David Owens, Edison Electric Institute's executive vice president, Business Operations Group, talked about advances in the electric industry.
SCE also recognized African American inventors, community leaders and businesses that have made contributions and influenced history. Notable guests at the event included Kenneth B. Morris Jr., the great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass, and Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X.
"This event is designed to celebrate and recognize Black History Month and the contributions of African Americans," said David A. Ford, event co-founder. "SCE was honored to have descendants of prominent African Americans such as Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X attend the event and support our efforts."
Two companies, South Coast Paper and Sullivan International, were honored for long-standing partnerships and providing quality products and services to SCE.
For more information on African American inventors, visit www.sce.com/inventors.
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.