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A-MAN celebrates 17th anniversary

Shirley Hawkins | 9/24/2008, 5 p.m.

Dozens of friends, well-wishers and supporters celebrated at the recent 17th Tom Bradley Anniversary A-MAN Inc. Recognition Dinner held at Holman Methodist Church.
The event honored the "bright lights" in the community and recognized local graduating high school seniors who were presented scholarships for outstanding work. The theme for the evening was "Coming Home and Being in the Community."
The African American Male Achiever's Network (A-MAN) has been a labor of love for Hildreth "Hal" and Dr. Bettye Walker for nearly two decades. The devoted couple has committed themselves to introducing thousands of minority youth to the worlds of math, science and space technology.
KNBC reporter Toni Guinyard served as the mistress of ceremonies and A-MAN employees Jackie Jones and Bridget Muhammad kept the evening lively with a silent auction.
Dr. Wanda Austin, president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Corporation, was the evening's the keynote speaker. Dr. Austin is the first African American and the first female to rise to the ranks of CEO of the Aerospace Cooperation.
The audience was enthralled as they watched the Holman Liturgical Dancers while several of the achievers provided musical selections.
Recognized for their commitment to the community were foundation honoree Dorothy Ginsberg-Lemelson, chairman of the Lemelson Foundation; Southern California Edison, which received corporation honors; Sandra Evers-Manley, vice-president, Northrop Grumman Corporation, who received the Hildreth Walker Science Award; and Dr. Ernest Hartzog, former school superintendent in Portland, Oregon and an A-MAN board member, who received the Dr. Betty Walker Education Award.
Community service honorees included Charisse Bremond-Weaver, president and CEO of the Brotherhood Crusade; Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn; and Rev. Dr. Cecil "Chip" Murray, professor of religion at the University of Southern California.
Scholarships ranging from $250 to $500 were presented to graduating high school seniors for outstanding academic performance. They included Precious Ayres, who will attend Pepperdine University; Yolisa Bam, who will attend St. John's University in New York; Marvin Brown-King, who will attend Cal State University, Long Beach; and Kimberly Cowan and Wesley Dees, both of whom will attend Cal State University, Dominguez Hills.
Other scholarship winners included Kaiya Duppins, who will attend the University of Maryland, Quenton Fletcher, who will attend San Jose State University; and Edric Leggett who will attend Cal State University, Irvine.
Other scholarship recipients included Ianthe Leslie, who will attend Spelman College; Rashaad Manning, who is headed to the University of Arkansas, Jasmyne Press, who will attend Cal State University, Dominguez Hills; and Wesley Willis, who graduated from Morehouse College and will pursue a master's degree at the University of Florida.
'This anniversary is a milestone for us and we are at a stage where we are moving to the next level," said Dr. Walker. "We know we need to have a permanent facility in the community. We are working towards purchasing the building that A-MAN is in and leaving a legacy of technology in the heart of the community."
Hildredth "Hal" and Dr. Bettye D. Walker founded A-MAN Inc., in Los Angeles in 1991. The mission of A-MAN, Inc. is to utilize science and technology as a motivational tool and to advance the educational achievement, intellectual and career development of African Americans and other minority students from age 5 to 17 years of age.