The Back Business Association (BBA) of Los Angeles will honor Congresswoman Maxine Waters with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its 36th annual dinner Feb. 25 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
The event begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $350 per person. Reservations must be made by Feb. 24 by calling (323) 291-9334.
Waters is being recognized for her long tenure of public service, according to BBA president and CEO Earl “Skip” Cooper II. “She has championed the plight of minority business and economic development, in addition to being a relentless advocate in support of the needs and concerns impacting underserved communities throughout the nation.”
Waters was elected to the state assembly in 1976 and then the Untied States Congress in 1991.
The theme of the dinner is “Black Economic Empowerment,” and in addition to Waters, the BBA/LA will recognize six government agencies, corporations and individuals that have been supportive of the growth and development of the association and African American businesses in general.
These include Jerome Horton, vice chair of the California Board of Equalization, who will receive the “Special Recognition Award” and Sempra Energy which will receive the “Majority Corporation of the Year” honor for its high level of purchasing of goods and services from BBA members and from the broader African American business community, and the continuing celebration of the group’s 40th anniversary.