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Angeles Echols-Brown: Local Hero

Angeles Echols-Brown: Local Hero

Angeles Echols-Brown and her Los Angeles based nonprofit organization Educating Young Minds (EYM) are building a better tomorrow for inner-city students. More than 3,500 students have been nurtured and empowered with the skills and ability to enroll in and graduate from four year universities. EYM boasts an 87 percent success rate of four-year college graduates from universities such as USC, UCLA, Columbia, Spelman, Stanford, Xavier, Berkeley and others.

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Dr. Samella Lewis: Local Hero

Dr. Samella Lewis: Local Hero

Dr. Samella Lewis life’s passion is art, and she has touched the lives of artists, scholars, educators, students, and countless others through her dedication and perseverance in the field of African American art. Dr. Lewis became the first tenured African American professor in art history at Scripps College of the Claremont Colleges, and has served as a professor emeritus of art history since 1984; she’s also served as the school’s art history professor since 1969.

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Nadine Burke Harris : Local Hero

Nadine Burke Harris : Local Hero

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP is the founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), a comprehensive health and wellness center that integrates medical, mental health, holistic and social services for an evidence-based approach to improving the health and well-being of urban children and youth. Her focus is serving communities where issues of poverty and race present challenges to conventional healthcare and education.

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Edna James: Local Hero

Edna James: Local Hero

Edna James is the President of Commission on Aging and Adult Services and is a staunch advocate for senior and disabled services. James has been an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for over 50 years and joined the San Francisco Chapter in 1961. As a senior herself, James believes powerfully that there is no such thing as growing old gracefully, that staying healthy and active requires a lot of hard work and dedication – and a little bit of fun too.